Thailand’s Criminal Court lifts ban of Thanathorn’s Facebook live session talking about Covid-19 vaccines, filed by Digital Ministry last month

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Bangkok –

Thailand’s Criminal Court today, February 8th, has overturned an earlier order of taking down social media platforms of former Future Forward oppositional party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit after broadcasting a Facebook live session that appeared to be questioning the government’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy.

The order was requested for the court’s consideration by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society in late January. According to the accusation, Thanathon had falsely criticized the work of the government in providing the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination for Thai people.

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The former political leader, according to the Ministry, had also discredited the Crown Property Bureau under the king’s personal control, violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

Read more details about the charge below:

Digital Economy and Society Ministry files lésé majéste charges against former opposition politician Thanathorn

The Court had finalized its decision, examining based on both the law and the facts in detail, and read its statement this afternoon. The objection against the charge has been made, stating that Thanathorn has slightly provided information on Crown Property Bureau’s shareholders and the government which are not the main discussion of the presentation.

The accusation claimed by the Digital Ministry was unable to be thoroughly clarified and proven to be affecting the country’s stability. Therefore, the court ordered to lift the suspension of the publication of the certain clip as well as Thanathorn’s social media platforms.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.