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Somyot Pruksakasemsuk arrives in court in Bangkok Wednesday. Pic: AP.

Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 2: Lèse majesté and the media in the crossfire

By Sat, Dec 28, 2013 12:00PM UTC Comments Off Somyot Pruksakasemsuk arrives in court in Bangkok Wednesday. Pic: AP.

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...

Ex-yellow shirt leader Sondhi found guilty of insulting Thai monarchy

By Wed, Oct 02, 2013 9:30AM UTC Comments Off Sondhi Limthongkul. Pic: AP.

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:...

Thailand: Uniform protest student accused of insulting monarchy

By Tue, Sep 17, 2013 9:30AM UTC 3 Comments Miss Ponnipa arrives at Thai police station to file lese majeste complaint against . Pic: Screengrab from Facebook video.

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...

Thai court acquits man accused of defaming king

By Fri, Sep 13, 2013 2:51PM UTC Comments Off Thai court acquits man accused of defaming king

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...

After the Thai TV monarchy debate, controversy is growing

By Fri, Mar 22, 2013 11:00AM UTC Comments Off Thai historian and academic Somsak (left) and veteran social activist Sulak (middle) during the making of the ThaiPBS TV show.

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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