April 17: Internet activism censored
After the coup in 2006, Thailand has experienced periods of serious political turmoil. The 2011 elections seem to have stabilized the situation temporarily, but the Thai authorities continue to crack down on social activism, in particular censoring activists on the Internet. To what degree is freedom of expression respected in Thailand? How independent is the media allowed to be?
Chiranuch Premchaiporn, human rights defender and editor of the news platform Prachatai, speaks about the lack of freedom of expression in Thailand. She is one of many independent voices who have fallen victim to tighter restrictions and control of internet activism. Chiranuch is accused of crimes under lèse majesté, for not deleting comments on her news site quickly enough. After a lengthy process, the verdict is expected on 30 April. If convicted she risks 20 years in prison.
We have urged Thai authorities to drop the charges against Chiranuch and other activists in similar situations, insisting they promote the right to freedom of expression.
Do not miss the chance to listen to Chiranuch telling her – and others’ – stories from a Thailand we rarely have access to.
The discussion is led by Brittis Edman, Programme Director for Southeast Asia at Civil Rights Defenders.
Date: Tuesday April 17, 2012
Time: 9:00 – 10:00, coffee/tea and sandwiches served from 8:30
Location: Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm
The seminar will be held in English.
Tags: Brittis Edman and Chiranuch Premchaiporn.