The AP reports: A prominent Thai activist and magazine editor was sentenced to a decade in prison Wednesday for defaming Thailand’s monarchy, a verdict rights groups condemned as the latest affront to freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian country. Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was convicted of publishing two articles in an anti-establishment magazine that made negative […]
Bloomberg interviewed Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and has run two stories that are worth a look. The pieces are here: Former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra said his sister’s government will avoid conflicts like those that led to his ouster in a 2006 coup, even as it presses ahead with efforts to curb the […]
Related to my last post… @Anasuya found this notable sticker today at a Red Shirt event here in Bangkok. Yes, it refers to lèse-majesté — Article 112 of the Thai criminal code — and is modeled on…the Pizza Company logo. Pizza Company restaurants are popular and widespread here in Thailand, and their advertisements often include […]
Bloomberg reports today: For all the bickering among Thai political parties, they agree on one thing: Now isn’t the time to amend a law last changed in 1976 that has been used to shield the royal family from criticism. Worth a read.
Al Jazeera ran a video report yesterday on Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws and the late “Uncle SMS.” The piece is embedded above and is on YouTube here.
AP reports today: A Thai man in his 60s who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in mobile phone text messages has died while serving his 20-year prison term, his lawyer said Tuesday. The case of Amphon Tangnoppakul, a grandfather who had suffered from mouth cancer, drew […]
An update to my previous post: The AP says: Twin brothers have confessed they assaulted a professor who leads a campaign to reform laws concerning Thailand’s monarchy, police said Thursday. Police Lt. Gen. Winai Thongsong said Supot and Supat Silarat turned themselves in and admitted punching Worachet Pakeerut in a parking lot at Bangkok’s Thammasat […]
The Bangkok Post says that the leader of the group of academics arguing for the reform of Thailand’s royal insult laws was reportdly assaulted at Thammasat Univ. today: Law lecturer Vorajate Pakeerat, leader of the Nitirat (enlightened jurists) group, was punched in the face by an unidentified man at Thammasat University’s Tha Phrachan campus on […]
Bloomberg reports today: A Thai man who helped lead anti- government protests was sentenced to seven and half years in jail for insulting the royal family. Surachai Danwattananusorn, 68, had a 15-year prison term cut in half because he pleaded guilty to the charges, Bangkok’s Criminal Court said today. His legal team will seek a […]
Last night Thongchai Winichakun gave a talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand about the increased application of the lèse-majesté law since 2006. Thongchai is a professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of the well known 1997 book Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation. […]