7 pm, Monday September 1, 2014, FCCT Bangkok
Members: Free; Non-members: 350 baht; A la carte menu offered
Thailand has seen several contentious criminal defamation and Computer Crimes Act cases filed against activists, researchers and journalists this past year. Criminal defamation is commonly used in Thailand. Those accused spend years fighting prosecutions in criminal and civil courts.
Two of the most recent and high profile cases are against migrant rights activist and researcher Andy Hall and the Phuketwan online journal's two reporters Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian. Both prosecutions concern undercover research or reporting on the plight of migrants in Thailand.
On the night before Andy Hall's criminal trial, the FCCT brings together a panel of speakers to discuss the wider repercussions from these cases for activists, researchers and journalists covering migrants in Thailand.
Nakhon Chompuchat - Lawyer, Head of Andy Hall's legal team
Chutima Sidasathian - Reporter, Phuketwan
Supinya Klangnarong - NBTC commissioner/media rights activist
Surapong Kongchantuk - Human Rights Committee, Lawyers Council of Thailand.