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Update On Activism and Freedom of Expression in Thailand with Jiew Premchaiporn

June 27, 2011
06:00PM - 09:00PM

Annenberg Public Policy Center
202 South 36th St
Philadelphia, 19104

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Please join online editor and advocate Chiranuch (Jiew) Premchaiporn for an update on activism and freedom of expression in Thailand. Premchaiporn is well known for her work in AIDS advocacy and internet journalism.

We will gather Philadelphia AIDS activists, community journalists, academics and freedom of expression advocates to learn more from Jiew about the current situation in Thailand, and compare experiences with her about our struggles  on similar issues in Philadelphia.

Background on Chiranuch (Jiew) Premchaiporn:

Premchaiporn was arrested and faces up to 50 years in jail  for cybercrime,”  because she operates an open publishing website named Prachatai, which translates as “Free People.”

After a story about the royal family, an anonymous comment was made  disparaging the King of Thailand, and in Thailand this is a very serious crime. Jiew did not make the remark, but is being held responsible for it because she is the operator of the website on which it appeared. Learn more about her case from the Electronic Frontier FoundationNY Times, and Free Speech Radio News.

Premchaiporn has also been a hero in the struggle to win global access to life saving AIDS medications, and has collaborated with members of Philadelphia ACT-UP on this campaign.

We hope you can join us to meet this inspirational woman,  who has put brought world-wide focus on Thailand’s movements for social change.

For more information or to RSVP, please email (lsh@asc.upenn.edu)