Three human rights activists in Thailand have finally been declared not guilty in a trial lasting almost four years. Their alleged crime? Posting comments online in support of exploited migrant workers.
Thailand’s defamation laws have been deemed contentious for their stifling effect on free speech and their disproportionate favor towards plaintiffs. Defendants often bear the brunt of costs and efforts, even when allegations are baseless. These laws have been used to silence journalists, activists, and critics.
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