INDONESIA: Journalist group warned Police not to "killed the messenger"

Posted on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) wants the Indonesian Police Headquarters not to file criminal charges against Tempo magazine.

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THAILAND: Foreign media club's board charged with lese majeste

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The entire board of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) was charged with lese majeste on 30 June 2009, media reports said.

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CAMBODIA: Tried in absentia, journalist immediately arrested, sent to prison

Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2009

The editor-in-chief of the "The Khmer Machas Srok" newspaper, who had been fined and sentenced to a year's imprisonment in absentia on 26 June, was arrested on the same day by the police and sent to the Prey Sar prison, near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, media reports said.

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Media Must Move Public Opinion to Decriminalize Defamation

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2009

The Special Weekly, a chinese language news magazine is under investigation for criminal defamation and section 8(A) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) for "false news", since a police report was lodged against it by the Minister of Transport and President of the MCA, a component party in the ruling coalition BN, Ong [...]


THAILAND: PM rejects calls for reforming lese majeste law

Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2009

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva turned down on March 5 an international call for the reform of lese majeste law but hinted some amendment to the enforcement of the law could be considered to allow for expression of academic opinions.

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Philipines: Broadcaster freed after two years in jail for libel

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A Filipino broadcaster was released on 23 December 2008 after spending almost two years in prison in Davao del Norte for libel. Davao del Norte is a province approximately 946 km south of Manila. Libel is a criminal offense in the Philippines.

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NGOs reject criminalisation of critical expression

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), and Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are gravely concerned at the continued invoking of laws aimed at criminalizing expression such as those creating the offences of sedition and criminal defamation as illustrated by the arrest of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin for these [...]

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Cambodia: Police officer files criminal defamation suit against newspaper

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2005

On September 22, Koh Kong police officer Chen Sovann filed a criminal defamation suit against local paper Cambodia Today, demanding 10 million riel (US$2,500), two days after the paper published an article by journalist Eng Meng Leng alleging that Sovann helped a suspected human trafficker flee the country.

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Thailand: PM files criminal and civil lawsuits against two journalists

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has filed criminal and civil lawsuits against media tycoon Sondhi Limthongkul and demanded 500 million baht (over US$12 million) in damages for slander in Sondhi's banned political talk show.

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Thailand: SEAPA denounces criminal libel suit filed against Bangkok Post

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

SEAPA has denounced a government decision to pursue criminal libel lawsuits against Thailand's leading English-language newspaper, the "Bangkok Post", despite the paper's having earlier recanted a news article that was the basis for the government's complaint.

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