Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law

first_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further 07.09.07 : Blogger Praya Pichai freed on bail, faces up to ten years in prison October 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charges dropped against blogger who was arrested under new cyber-crime law Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Reporters Without Borders calls on the Thai authorities to explain the situation of the blogger known by the pseudonym Praya Pichai, who had been facing up to 10 years in prison under the new Computer Crime Act until charges were dropped for lack of evidence.“Even if the charges have been dropped, he has not been cleared,” the press freedom organisation said. “Anything he says or does on the Internet will be monitored for the next 10 years, during which he could be imprisoned if he posts another political comment on a website. Such control is excessive and his situation must therefore be clarified before more arrests occur.” Help by sharing this information ————————————————— Reporters Without Borders urges the Thai authorities to drop all charges against a blogger using the pseudonym Praya Pichai who was arrested last month under the new Computer Crime Act and who was released on bail yesterday.“The charges against this blogger must be withdrawn as soon as possible,” the organisation said. “They pose a threat to online free expression and highlight the abuses that can result from this new cyber-crime law.”According to the website Prachatai.com, the blogger has been charged under section 14 of Computer Crime Act, which provides for a sentence of up to ten years in prison for “false data” that can cause injury to persons, the public, national security or public disorder. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar ThailandAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific center_img August 21, 2020 Find out more News 05.09.07 : Blogger reportedly held under new computer crime law Organisation Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the reported detention of a Thai blogger for the past 12 days under the new Computer Crime Act, which took effect on 18 July.“We call on the information and communications technology ministry to take an official position on this arrest, which would be the first of its kind since the adoption of the Computer Crime Act,” the press freedom organisation said. “It confirms our fears about the dangers of a law that is supposed to combat pornography but turns out to be a way of restricting and controlling press freedom.”The website site Prachatai.com quotes a “reliable source” as saying a 36-year-old computer programmer was arrested because of comments posted anonymously on web forums. The offending post appears to have been one deemed “critical of the monarchy.” After being held for six days at the Police Crime Suppression Division office, he was reportedly transferred to a Bangkok prison on 30 August.The Computer Crime Act allows the police to seize computer files from people suspected of circulating insulting or pornographic messages. Information and communications technology ministry spokesman Vissanu Meeyoo said at the time its aim was “to prevent the owners of computers from transmitting pornographic content or libellous messages. —————————————————– June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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