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Thai princess's political move raises questions over insult law

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Here are some facts about lese majeste law, or section 112 of the criminal code, as it is known in Thailand

PRINCESSS UBOLRATANA. This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Photo by Mike CLARKE/AFP

U.S. judge tosses out Stormy Daniels defamation suit against Trump

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:57 PM

'The Court agrees with Mr Trump's argument because the tweet in question constitutes 'rhetorical hyperbole' normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States,' a federal US judge says

TRUMP. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo of Trump by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP, Stormy Daniels from Wikipedia

Record Australia payout to Rebel Wilson slashed on appeal

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:39 PM

The Victorian Court of Appeal cuts the payout to Aus$600,000 or US$454,000

Rebel Wilson arrives for G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck

Porn star Stormy Daniels sues Trump for defamation

May 01, 2018 - 9:38 AM

In the suit, Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – says that Donald Trump made 'false and defamatory' statements about her in an April 18 tweet

DANIELS AND TRUMP. This combination of pictures created on March 25, 2018 shows file photos of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Ethan Miller, Olivier Douliery/AFP

Thai singer handed rare acquittal in royal defamation case

Mar 29, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Acquittals are extremely rare in lese majeste trials, which are shrouded in secrecy and often held behind closed doors

Thai actor, country singer and political activist Thanat Thanawatcharanon, better-known by his stage name Tom Dundee, holds up his handcuffs for the media as he arrives to hear the verdict of a lese majeste case against him, at a criminal court in Bangkok on March 29, 2018. A Thai court acquitted a folk singer-turned-activist of his third royal defamation charge on March 29, a rare ruling under a draconian law with high conviction rates that is used protect the royal family from any criticism. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA

Dutch MPs to debate ending law against insulting king

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Parliament's lower house will on Thursday, February 8, discuss a bill proposed by the progressive D66 party, which would drop clauses against defaming the king contained within wider laws on crimes against the royalty

THE KING AND FAMILY. Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander (R), Queen Maxima (C) and their daughters Amalia (2-R), Alexia (L) and Ariane arrives during celebrations for the 80th birthday of Princess Beatrix on February 3, 2018 in Amsterdam.  Patrick van Katwijk / ANP / AFP

Rebel Wilson to give record defamation payout to charity

Sep 15, 2017 - 8:00 AM

I’m looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages I’ve received says the Pitch Perfect actress

Donations to Anti-Defamation League surge in U.S.

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Donors are showing greater interest in supporting the Anti Defamation League since the August 12 violence at a neo Nazi rally in Charlottesville Virginia

Murdoch son donates $1 million to anti-hate crime group in Trump rebuke

Aug 18, 2017 - 11:33 PM

The unusual political intervention from an executive who has cultivated a more low key persona than his father is notable coming from the top echelons of a media empire that includes Fox News

JAMES MURDOCH. CEO of 21st Century Fox James Murdoch speaks at National Geographic's Further Front Event at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 19, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for National Geographic/AFP

Cambodian political commentator jailed for 18 months

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Political analyst Kim Sok is charged with defamation and inciting unrest for comments in a radio interview suggesting links between the ruling Cambodia People s Party and the shooting of government critic Kem Ley

Thai 'Red Shirt' leader jailed for defamation ahead of polls

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Thailand s Supreme Court sentences Jatuporn Prompan over a 2009 speech accusing then PM Abhisit Vejjajiva of being a tyrant and ordering the military to shoot at protesters in clashes that year

Thai activist arrested for commemorating democratic revolution

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan is taken to a Bangkok military base for attitude adjustment

THAI MONARCHY. An image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn who became the king of Thailand on December 1, 2016, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

Thailand backs down on Facebook ban over royal posts

May 16, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Thailand ferociously enforces a draconian lese majeste law which outlaws any criticism of the monarchy

5 Thais charged with royal defamation for Facebook 'shares'

May 04, 2017 - 6:22 PM

The 5 are remanded in custody on Wednesday May 3 for sharing Facebook posts written by Paris based Thai historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul about the disappearance of a democracy plaque in Bangkok last month

Thai may face 150-year jail sentence for royal defamation

May 03, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Ten royal defamation charges is the most anyone has ever faced in Thailand since the law become increasingly used

Daily Mail pays Melania Trump damages over escort claim

Apr 12, 2017 - 7:52 PM

John Kelly Melania Trump s lawyer says the article in the Daily Mail – Britain s second biggest selling newspaper – in print and online in August last year included false and defamatory claims

MELANIA. Melania Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump, waves to the crowd at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Thai conwoman gets 150 years for bogus monarchy claims

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Kramonthas Thanathornkositcheera will serve the maximum of 50 years in jail allowed under Thai penal law after pleading guilty to scores of charges including 29 counts of royal defamation

Two charged for insulting Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The latest case sees two men charged for allegedly going on an obscenity laced rant against the Nobel Laureate after a heavy evening drinking session in a village not far from the capital Naypyidaw

Robin Padilla requests NBI to identify election violation accuser

May 12, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Robin Padilla asks the National Bureau of Investigation to identify Twitter user @krizzy_kalerqui who said he should be thrown in jail for posting a photo of what appeared to be a shaded ballot

ROBIN PADILLA. The actor asks the NBI to help him identify a Twitter user who accused him of violating election rules. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

May 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Patnaree Chankij s lawyers say she was charged for writing the Thai equivalent of yeah in response to Facebook messages that allegedly insulted the royal family

Twitter looks to outside help in fighting abuse

Feb 10, 2016 - 2:15 PM

The social media site says it wants Twitter users across the globe to feel safe and confident

epa03939699 A passer-by photographs the Twitter logo on the outside of the New York Stock Exchange building in New York City, New York, USA 07 November 2013. Shares in the company Twitter (TWTR) began trading on the NYSE at a price of 26 US Dollars (19.23 Euro). EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Thai man jailed for 6 years over Facebook royal 'slur'

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The conviction is the latest jail term handed down in an unprecedented lese majeste crackdown

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family during a public appearance to mark his 85th birthday celebrations on the balcony of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Singapore prime minister wins $106,000 in damages from activist

Dec 17, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Singapore s High Court rules that activist Roy Ngerng acted out of malice when he accused Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of stealing state funds

GUILTY. Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng speaks to reporters after the Supreme Court hears on July 1, 2015, the defamation case filed against him by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The court ruled on December 17 that the blogger acted out with malice. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

Thailand jails woman at 'secret' ruling over Facebook posts

Dec 16, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Chayapa Shokpornbudsri is found guilty of defaming the monarchy on Facebook at a hearing without her lawyer present a court official says

Bill Cosby sues 7 sex assault accusers

Dec 16, 2015 - 12:23 AM

The comedian files a defamation suit against 7 women who accused him of sexual abuse

Thai junta bans lese majeste debate – organizers

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:27 PM

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand says police would blockade the the building housing the FCCT if the event went ahead

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family at a public appearance to mark his 85th birthday celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Elderly Thai man jailed for 'royal insult' graffiti

Mar 20, 2015 - 2:02 PM

Ophas Chansuksei receives a year and a half sentence for writing anti monarchy and anti government messages in an eastern Bangkok mall

Singapore activist ordered to pay PM $22,000 in legal costs

Jan 12, 2015 - 10:10 PM

Activist Roy Ngerng will also pay thousands in damages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon after he accused Lee of the misuse of state pension funds in his blog the first such ruling in Singapore on a purely online article

The wRap Indonesia: Dec. 5, 2014

Dec 05, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Online freedom declines in Indonesia 3 foreign vessels set to be sunk in Riau an order to install GPS devices on all Jakarta cabs and more

IN COURT. Former Indonesian Vice President Boediono (C), who also was former governor of Bank Indonesia, testifies during the trial of former Bank Indonesia deputy governor Budi Mulia at the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court in May 2014. File photo by EPA

How to 'fix' online defamation law? Minister outlines options

Nov 27, 2014 - 7:22 PM

The problem says Communications Minister Rudiantara is the lack of socialization or understanding of the law that has seen people jailed for comments made on social media

SOCIAL MEDIA ISSUES. Indonesian social media users have found themselves jailed for posting offensive comments. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Myanmar govt to sue newspaper over 'insane' president jibe

Nov 04, 2014 - 8:45 PM

The Myanmar Herald Journal is accused of having tarnished the image and rights of President Thein Sein according to a statement from the information ministry published in state backed media

THEIN SEIN. Myanmar president Thein Sein (L) shakes hands with parliamentary speaker Thura Shwe Mann (R) before a high-level meeting at the President's resident office in the capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 31 October 2014. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Thai student jailed for 30 months for defaming monarchy

Nov 04, 2014 - 6:49 PM

The student called Akradej is in custody after pleading guilty to posting a Facebook message under a pseudonym insulting the monarchy

Di balik kasus Florence, ada ancaman untuk kita semua?

Sep 04, 2014 - 5:45 PM

Setiap hari saya membaca keluh kesah teman teman saya soal kemacetan Jakarta soal banjir ibukota dan soal perilaku masyarakatnya yang menyebalkan Apakah mereka juga harus ditangkap karena telah menyebar kebencian?

SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY. Indonesia has 69 million Facebook users and more than 15 million Twitter users. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

‘Decriminalizing libel might increase killings’

May 20, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Senator Koko Pimentel says he fears complainants seeking to silence libelous remarks might be left with no other remedy if libel is decriminalized

PIMENTEL'S FEAR. Senator Koko Pimentel says he fears that if Congress removes the prison penalty on libel, this will lead to an increase in media killings. File photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Instagram insults get teens convicted

Jun 26, 2013 - 1:49 PM

Two Swedish teens are convicted of gross defamation for Instagram slut shaming that led to rioting

THE INSTAGRAM CASE. Two Swedish teens are in hot water over insults they made using an anonymous Instagram account.

GLAAD Awards honor LGBT inclusive media

Apr 22, 2013 - 8:58 PM

Winners and nominees were chosen on account of their fair accurate and inclusive representation of the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community

ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE. Former U.S. President Clinton believes in equal treatment for all, regardless of sexual orientation. Photo from the Bill Clinton Facebook page

Anderson Cooper receives GLAAD award

Mar 18, 2013 - 12:59 PM

Anderson Cooper accepted an award for being an openly gay media professional presented by Madonna at the 24th Annual GLAAD Awards

PRO GAY RIGHTS. Madonna presents Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Awards. Photo from the 'Madonna' Facebook fan page

Tom Cruise sues magazine over daughter story

Oct 25, 2012 - 7:55 AM

Tom Cruise sues Life and Style magazine for 50 M over a cover claiming he had abandoned his daughter

No Twitter insults, say Bahrainis

Oct 22, 2012 - 6:51 PM

4 Bahrainis deny accusations they defamed the king on Twitter

Pacquiao and Mayweather settle defamation case

Sep 26, 2012 - 1:31 PM

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr have settled a defamation suit in confidential terms ridding of yet another obstacle standing between the two s much anticipated mega fight

Manny Pacquiao in his Baguio training camp for his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Finally, 'cyberbullied' Sotto's awaited law

Sep 15, 2012 - 6:43 PM

President Benigno Aquino III signs the Cybercrime Law which bans online libel

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Apr 26, 2012 - 7:58 AM

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