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This profile was last updated on 3/31/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Ji Giles Ungpakorn

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Censorship News: 2009
www.pattayagogos.com, 31 Mar 2009 [cached]
Ji Ungpakorn, a prominent activist and political scientist at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, said police have asked to question him over a book he wrote about Thailand's 2006 military coup.
His case is the latest sign of ideological struggle over the role of the monarchy, a subject that was once taboo. There has been a recent spate of complaints and prosecutions for lese majeste - as the charge is called - and increased censorship of Web sites allegedly critical of the institution.
Ji said at a news conference that the lese majeste law, which mandates a jail term of three to 15 years for defaming the king, the queen or the heir to the throne, restricts freedom of speech and expression and does not allow for public accountability and transparency of the institution of the monarchy.
He charged that it is used as a tool by the military, and other authoritarian elites, in order to protect their own interests. He claimed he was being targeted for political reasons because he criticized the military and its coup.
Ji Ungpakorn, a political ...
www.mcall.com, 9 Feb 2009 [cached]
Ji Ungpakorn, a political scientist at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, was charged last month under the so-called lese majeste law over a book about Thailand's 2006 military coup. His case is the latest in a spate of prosecutions and increased censorship of Web sites allegedly critical of the royal family.
"There is no justice in Thailand," said Ji in an e-mail sent Monday to The Associated Press.
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Wacharapon Prasatrachakit, a police spokesman, denied the charge that Ji would not receive a fair trial.
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Ji, who holds both Thai and British citizenship, has led a campaign to abolish the law. He said he was targeted for political reasons because his 2007 book, "A Coup for the Rich," criticized the military for ousting then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
In the book, he indirectly questioned the palace's role in Thai politics during the period.
The Ledger Independent - Maysville, Kentucky
www.maysville-online.com, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
"We want the military to stop interfering in politics and restore the rights for peaceful assembly and expression as well as free media," said Ji Ungpakorn, a lecturer in political science at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University and one of the protest leaders.
cryptogon.com » Thailand Shuts Down Second Airport in Capital
cryptogon.com, 27 Nov 2008 [cached]
They constantly break the law with impunity," said Ji Ungpakorn, an associate professor of political science at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University.
In an open letter, he charged that the alliance, along with the military, the opposition Democrat Party and "the Conservative Establishment would rather see total chaos in Thailand rather than allow democracy to function."
Ji Ungpakorn, a political ...
www.arabawy.org [cached]
Ji Ungpakorn, a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University - one of the country's leading universities - denied the charges and accused the government of increasingly using Thailand's harsh lese majeste laws to silence criticism. "This is a way of shutting up people and silencing opponents, especially opponents to the military dictatorship in 2006," said Ji, who also writes under the name Giles Ji Ungpakorn.
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Police filed charges today, Ji said, but must still submit the case to the public prosecutor, who decides whether to bring the case to trial.
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All of the recent lese majeste cases are terrible, but this one in particular seems to be a deliberate threat to any intellectuals challenging the current (royalist) regime - Ji Ungpakorn is an internationally respected scholar, who teaches at one of the top two universities in Thailand and is widely read both domestically and in the West. It's a frightening time in Thailand.
In case you didn't pick it up, ya Hoss, he's also one of yours. The party he belongs to, Workers' Democracy, is part of the IST.
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