EC decides against prosecuting Matichon over charter cartoon

Breaking News June 30, 2016 18:18

By The Nation

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THE ELECTION Commission (EC) has decided not to take action against a Matichon cartoonist and weekend editor over its recent publication of a cartoon about the charter draft, EC member Somchai Srisuthiyakorn said Thursday.

Matichon weekend editor Suwapong Chanfangpet and cartoonist Arun Watcharasawat met with Somchai for an hour and explained that the cartoon that was published in the Matichon Weekender from September 4 to 10 last year referred to the former charter draft written by the now-defunct Constitution Drafting Committee led by Borwornsak Uwanno.
Somchai said Arun was not being held responsible but Matichon Weekender should not have republished the cartoon. Suwapong, however, defended himself by saying he did not intend to republish the cartoon. He said it was an honest error that led to the misunderstanding the cartoon referred to the current draft charter written by the Constitution Drafting Commission led by Meechai Ruchuphan.
“Since Suwapong has admitted to his mistake, we will not take legal action and the cartoon has been removed from the online version,’’ Somchai said.

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