CJ Hinke

CJ Hinke is a translator, book publisher and bibliographer of numerous children's books in Latin and Thai.  He has lived in Thailand since 1989 where he founded Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) in 2006 to campaign against pervasive censorship in Thai society.  As a Quaker, he became an organiser in the pacifist movement opposing the war in Vietnam and was arrested more than 35 times in demonstrations of civil disobedience.  After moving to Canada, in 1976, he became the last American arrested for the Vietnam draft, pardoned by Jimmy Carter's first official act as US President.  CJ formed the Society Protecting Intact Kinetic Ecosystems (SPIKE) which supported the tree-spiking of one of the world's last intact temperate rainforests in Clayoquot Sound off the west coast of Vancouver Island.  FACT's campaign is active internationally in resisting Internet, book, film and self-censorship.  “Freedom of opinions, freedom of thought, freedom of ideas, every one of us deserves a voice.”

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Latest posts by CJ Hinke

16 February 2010

Thailand: Another lèse majesté computer act arrest

On February 5 an unidentified man was arrested for comments he posted to a webboard. His house was searched, his computer confiscated as evidence, his family frightened, and friends panicked....

24 January 2010

Google for good…or just for money?

Google’s recent opposition to Internet censorship in China went wildly underreported in Thailand. Yet this move to seize the moral high ground has vast implications to Thailand and every other...

12 November 2009

Thailand’s new tsunami of political repression – SET them FREE!

Politicians can be so entertaining. Sometimes we laugh so hard we cry. Of course, the posturing and bluster of politicians always leads to the truth being forgotten as they try...

1 November 2009

Thailand: Liberal Thai blocked by MICT!

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT). We have just discovered free Thai language news site Liberal Thai blocked by a transparent proxy redirecting users to Thailand's ICT ministry. Liberal Thai is...

17 April 2009

Thailand: Nine new charges against Prachatai webmaster

Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of independent Thai online news portal Prachatai, was arrested on March 6 under Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act. Her charges resulted from allowing comments posted by readers of...

4 February 2009

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) releases new legal circumvention tools

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) is pleased to announce two new, easy, legal tools for circumventing Internet censorship. Thailand's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the Official Censor of the...

21 January 2009

Harry Nicolaides, Thailand's latest political prisoner

The Harry Nicolaides case raises vital issues, procedurally, legally and in Thai society. Was Harry arrested because he wrote in English and therefore his self-published expat bargirl novel of 50...

17 May 2008

Censoring Free Speech in Thailand

The past few weeks have seen YouTube blocked again as well as Prachatai, Thailand’s foremost independent news portal and Same Sky, a journal of social criticism. Both sites have popular...

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