Welcome to the second part of our Siam Voices 2013 year in review series. Today we highlight the state of freedom of speech, which is still endangered by the draconian lèse majesté law. We also take a look at the ongoing protests, where Thailand’s media itself became the story. As the current chaotic protests are dominating...
Thai court sentences former leader of the ultra-royalist and reactionary yellow shirts movement Sondhi Limthongkul to two years in jail for lèse majesté, but for entirely the wrong reasons. Things went from bad to worse for Sondhi Limthongkul, the media mogul turned leader of the so-called ‘People’s Alliance for Democracy’ (PAD) aka the yellow shirts, on Tuesday:...
On Monday we reported on the Thammasat University student and her provocative poster campaign against student uniforms. Now, the controversial student known as “Aum Neko” is facing more trouble: A TV show host has accused the student known for her campaign against mandatory uniform wearing of insulting the monarchy. Ms. Ponnipa Supatnukul, 41, the host...
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Friday acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country’s monarch, an extraordinarily grave charge in this Southeast Asian kingdom that is punishable by up to 15 years in jail. A judge who read out the verdict said there was not enough evidence to convict...
A Thai TV program discussing the role of the monarchy has sparked growing controversy, with reactionary voices sparking a police investigation. The public broadcaster ThaiPBS aired a week-long special of its interview and discussion program ”Tob Jote Prathet Thai” (“ตอบโจทย์ประเทศไทย”, roughly translated to “Answering Thailand’s Issues”) about the royal institution. The series culminated in a two-episode debate...
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