By Tammy, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist
During the depth of Thailand’s usage of lese majeste, during the Abhisit government, Amnesty International decided on a policy of quote “Engagement and working with the system.” That working with the system, took Amnesty International to the point of issuing statement that this and that victim of lese majeste, was quote: “Almost a prisoner of conscious.”
The engagement policy by Amnesty International, was pushed for by its Thailand researcher, Zawacki, and throughout the years that followed, Amnesty International drifted to being close to supporting Thai Royalism, and was making lese and less statement on the issue of lese majeste.
Well, that researcher has reportedly left Amnesty International, and Somyot was cited as a prisoner of conscious. Many observer, saying it was only because Zawacki has left.
Yet with Thailand’s foreign press community, Somyot is shunned. It is as if the entire foreign press community in Bangkok, is headed by Zawacki. Somyot is shunned because he was an editor of a magazine called “Voice of Thaksin.” In fact, the foreign journalist club of Thailand, refuse to make a statement on Somyot.
- “Somyot is not a real journalist working for that rag,” said a member of the foreign journo club of Thailand.
It is tempting to ask who are the journalist at Thailand’s foreign journo club. Perhaps, the club is filled with members like journalist from Time Magazine, who is close to Abhisit, to the extent of went promoting its business. Or perhaps it is like Reuters journalist, who hates Thaksin and Yingluck, because its customers are namely anti Thaksin and Yingluck people.
What ever their rationale, Freedom House, European Union, United Nations, Human Rights Watch and off course, Amnesty International have all made statements on Somyot. Again, Thailand’s foreign journalist club, refuse to make a statement on Somyot.
The following is from the Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT)
The FCCT’s Board has come under pressure to condemn the sentence given to Somyot Prukasaemsuk. While we were not unanimous in regards to commenting on particular legal cases, we see Article 112 of the Criminal Code, and the Computer Crimes Act, as constraints to freedom of expression, and oppose the application of these laws in a way that intimidates both local and foreign press to refrain from publishing dissenting political views. The Board is unanimous in this regard.
The FCCT Board
06 February 2013
- 10 years in prison for insulting Thai king (edition.cnn.com)
- Human Rights: Somyot’s Lese Majeste Case: Freedom House condemns; EU criticize; Silence from Hillary (thaiintelligentnews.wordpress.com)
- Thai court jails magazine editor (bbc.co.uk)
- Editor Gets 10 Years in Jail for Thai Royal Insult (abcnews.go.com)
- Human Rights: Lese Majeste prisoner, Somyot, suffers from Thai court 1+1=3 propaganda (thaiintelligentnews.wordpress.com)
- Editor gets 10 years in jail for Thai royal insult (miamiherald.com)
- Thai Journalist and Human Rights Activist Sentenced to 10 Years for Defaming the King (amnestyusa.org)
- Editor Gets 10 Years in Jail for Thai Royal Insult (world.time.com)
- Magazine editor jailed for defaming Thai king (abc.net.au)