Petition for a royal pardon for Suwicha Thakor
Suwicha Thakor was condemned to a 10-year jail sentence by a criminal court in the northeast Bangkok district of Ratchada imposed on 3 April 2009 for posting content online that was deemed to have insulted the monarchy. Thakor has been held in Bangkok’s Klong Prem prison since 14 January.
“The charge of lese majeste has become a major tool of repression in Thailand,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The sentence passed on Suwicha Thakor violates online free expression and is out of all proportion to what he is alleged to have done. We call for his release and we urge the government to amend this law, which is being abused in an unacceptable manner.”
Download the report "His untouchable Majesty - Censorship and imprisonment : the abuses in the name of lese majeste" (issued on 9 February by Reporters Without Borders)