Newspaper Columnist Accused of Defaming a Monk

Venerable Aphichat Promjan files criminal defamation charge against Surapot, a Matichon columnist, at Dusit Police Station in Bangkok on 4 August 2015 (picture from Venerable Aphichat Promjan's Facebook page)

(Prachatai English)

A Buddhist monk from a well-known temple has filed defamation charges against a newspaper columnist for mocking him on social media over his hair-style.

According to ASTV Manager, Venerable Aphichat Promjan, the chief lecturer monk of Benjamabophit Temple, a Bangkok temple under royal patronage, on Tuesday, 4 August 2015, filed a complaint at Dusit Police Station concerning offences under the 2007 Computer Crime Act against Surapot Thaweesak, a religious studies academic and columnist of Matichon Newspaper.  

The monk accused Surapot of defaming him for posting a Facebook message saying that the he has a skin-head hairstyle when he posted a picture of him and the other monk while they were travelling to Benjamabophit Temple in a vehicle belonging to the Thai Royal Household on 23 July 2015.



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