Thai Journalist Charged With Sedition for Online Comments

Peace and Freedom

BANGKOK — A prominent journalist in Thailand has been charged with sedition and violation of the country’s computer law for online postings concerning politics.

The lawyer for Pravit Rojanaphruk said his client acknowledged the charges Tuesday at the police department’s Technology Crime Suppression Division. Pravit is very active on social media and outspoken in his criticism of Thailand’s military rulers, who took power after a coup in 2014 that overthrew an elected civilian government.

Pravit is a senior staff writer at Khaosod English, a website of a Thai newspaper. Police announced last week that they would bring sedition charges against him and two politicians, one a former energy minister. Sedition is punishable by up to seven years’ imprisonment.

Thailand’s ruling junta has tried to clamp down on dissent, targeting especially social media.

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