said police at
stems from comments posted to Prachatai
in 2008 that were allegedly in violation of the Computer Crime Act and lese majeste laws, according to Prachatai. Lese
majeste laws, which shield
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to release journalist Chiranuch Premchaiporn immediately
and unconditionally," said Shawn W. Crispin, CPJ's senior
This is the second
time Chiranuch has been arrested on anti-crown charges. On March
6, 2009, police officials detained her during a raid on Prachatai's
Chiranuch's new arrest comes amid an intensifying crackdown on Thai media, according to CPJ research. Since imposing a state of emergency on April 7, Abhisit's government has shuttered a satellite television news station, community radio stations, print publications and websites aligned with the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) protest movement.
Two journalists--Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto and freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi--were killed and several other journalists were injured during armed exchanges between protestors and troops in April and May. CPJ issued a special report on July 29 that chronicled the circumstances behind the violence and called upon Abhisit's government to bring those responsible to justice.