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Thai Webmaster Sentenced in Free Speech Case

30 May 2012

A Thai court has sentenced a local webmaster to an eight-month suspended sentence for failing to act quickly enough to remove Internet posts deemed insulting to Thailand’s royalty. Chiranuch Premchaiporn faced up to 20 years in prison for 10 comments posted on her Prachatai website. The case was seen as a test of freedom of expression in Thailand. She was the first webmaster prosecuted under tough cyber laws enacted after a 2006 coup. New York-based Human Rights Watch has said prosecuting her sent “a chilling message to webmasters and Internet companies.”—AP