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month under the new Computer Crime Act and who was released on bail yesterday.“The charges against this blogger must be withdrawn as soon as possible,” the organisation said.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 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 more
Alexis Sanchez made the most of howlers from Wes Brown and Vito Mannone as Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Sunderland. Press Association The Chile international needed no second invitation after Brown scuffed an attempted back-pass straight into his path and looked on in horror as he raced almost half the length of the pitch before beating goalkeeper Mannone with ease. And there was worse to come for the Italian, who handed Sanchez a second in injury-time as he made a mess of a back-pass. Brown looked to have the ball under control just inside his own half and turned neatly away from Sanchez in order to play it back to Mannone. However, his disastrous miskick allowed the Chilean to run through on goal and delicately chip the advancing keeper. Cazorla and Arteta both went close as the Gunners looked to kill the game off before half-time, although the home side managed to escape further damage. Whatever Poyet said during the break appeared to have an effect as his players returned in far more determined mood and set up camp much higher up the pitch. He was forced into a 50th-minute reshuffle when lone striker Steven Fletcher limped off to be replaced by Connor Wickham, and the newcomer arrived with his team enjoying their most productive period of the game to that point with midfielder Jack Rodwell forcing a save from Wojciech Szczesny with a firm header two minutes later. For the first time in the game, the Arsenal rearguard found itself under concerted pressure, although the home side’s frailty at the back invited further pressure with Brown almost serving possession up to Chambers before Van Aanholt’s aimless clearance allowed Sanchez to test Mannone from distance. Larsson warmed Szczesny’s hands with a 65th-minute drive from 25 yards and substitute Jozy Altidore looped a header towards goal from Van Aanholt’s inviting cross with 14 minutes remaining. However, the United States international fluffed his lines two minutes later when, having been picked out with a raking long pass by fellow substitute Jordi Gomez, he scuffed a volley harmlessly across the penalty area. Szczesny very nearly handed Van Aanholt on 81st-minute opportunity to level when, fearing he was about to step outside his area, he headed the ball straight to the full-back wide on the left, although the Dutchman’s long-range effort sailed wide of the far post with Mertesacker racing back to cover for his keeper. But disaster struck at the death when Mannone failed to control Buckley’s back-pass and Sanchez added a second from close range. Once again, the Black Cats, who scored three own goals in last Saturday’s 8-0 horror show at Southampton, were made to pay for self-inflicted wounds despite launching a second-half fightback in front of a crowd of 44,449 at the Stadium of Light. The home side’s humiliation on the south cost had cast long shadows and head coach Gus Poyet sent his team out demanding a reaction, although that was always going to be easier said than done against an Arsenal team packed with talent, although depleted by injury and suspension. However, the Uruguayan could only look on helplessly as his players initially struggled to shake off the trauma of their Southampton nightmare. The Gunners, predictably, retained possession with ease as Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini supplied the excellent Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of them to repeatedly stretch the home defence. By contrast, the Black Cats at times treated the ball as if it were a live hand-grenade as they retreated ever deeper towards Mannone. However, for all their early dominance, the visitors struggled to create clear openings with former Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck sending a swerving, dipping 15th-minute effort on to the roof of the net after Sanchez had fired wide from distance. Poyet’s men only rarely managed to venture into enemy territory with the left flank their only real outlet, and while winger Will Buckley tested defender Calum Chambers on several occasions, it was full-back Patrick van Aanholt who forced an important 25th-minute block from Per Mertesacker after running on to Sebastian Larsson’s pass. But it was Mertesacker’s clearance which indirectly led to the opening goal.