Thai Enquirer joins Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporter Without Borders in calling for Thailand’s judicial system to immediately throw out all charges against journalist Suchanee Cloitre.
Suchanee was earlier sentenced to two years in jail for her reportage on poultry company company Thammakaset for labour abuses. She is currently out on bail pending appeal.
Suchanee has said she would file an appeal by this week but as Thammakaset has been ordered by Thai courts to pay compensation to its worker, we feel that any case of criminal defamation should immediately be thrown out and Suchanee should be cleared of any and all wrongdoing.
Journalism is not a crime. Yet Thailand still allows a widely-abused criminal defamation law to be used by politicians and large corporations alike to intimidate the press.
Our newsroom stands behind Suchanee and call for the coalition government to revise current defamation laws so that they can no longer be used to abuse and intimidate the press.