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June 27, 2013

Thai Cartoonist Meets With Police Over Defamation Charge

There are a few English-language wire reports out there about Thai cartoonist Somchai Katanyutanan -- who works as Chai Ratchawat -- meeting with a deputy police commissioner in response to charges of 1) defamation of a government official while carrying out her duty, 2) defamation via an advertisement, 3) violating the Computer Crime Act.

At question is a cartoon posted to the cartoonist's Facebook account that compared Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to a prostitute, as in "worse than a prostitute."

Supporters showed up at the police station. The charges were acknowledged, and the cartoonist will submit a statement in his defense at a later date. I'm not enmeshed in the way other country's work, but I'm generally super-suspicious of sitting officials using the civil courts or the criminal courts being used on their behalf in a way that curtails expression.
posted 8:10 am PST | Permalink

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