Thailand: Editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn sentenced over royal posts


A website editor was given an eight-month suspended jail sentence for failing quickly to remove posts deemed offensive to the monarchy. The case adds to a growing debate over Thailand's draconian laws against insulting the royal family.

The Bangkok Criminal Court ruled yesterday that posts on the Prachatai news website were offensive to the royal family and that its editor, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, failed to remove them promptly, as requested by the court. At least one post stayed online for 20 days.