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Thursday, February 3, 2011

IJNet: Should news sites be held responsible for user comments?

Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the director and webmaster of an alternative Thai news site, must defend herself in court because Thailand is holding her liable for anti-government comments that users posted on her site.

Although she removed the comments in accordance with demands from the Thai police, Premchaiporn is being charged with computer-related crimes, raising unrest and undermining the government’s sovereignty. She faces a possible prison sentence of over 80 years. Read more on the IJNet Blog.

In your country, are journalists and news outlets held legally accountable for comments posted on their websites? Do you think they should be? Why or why not?

Photo by Luther Bailey, Creative Commons Attribution License


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