Woman faces jail time for writing this one word on Facebook

Woman faces jail time for writing this one word on Facebook

Authorities arrested a Thai activist’s mother on May 6 for writing a one-word reply to a Facebook message condemning Thailand’s monarchy.

Thailand police argue 40-year-old Patnaree Chankij’s response, “Yeah,” to 28-year-old Burin Intin’s message insulting the country’s royalty meant she, too, broke the law, The New York Times reports.

Under Thailand’s lese-majeste law, it is illegal to state anything offensive about Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej or his family. Intin was arrested in April 2016 for doing so.

Now Chankij may be facing up to 15 years in jail for responding to him.

Many argue it’s unfair to arrest Chankij, as she didn’t specifically agree with Intin’s statement. “Yeah” could mean she agreed, but it could also indicate she was merely listening.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.