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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...

Thai navy sues journalists after reports on Rohingya trafficking

By Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:15AM UTC Comments Off Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

The Royal Thai Navy has filed defamation charges against international journalists for their reports on authorities being involved in human trafficking of ethnic Rohingya refugees. The move sends a chilling reminder to the media about the dismal state of press freedom in Thailand, the easy exploitation of flawed laws and how little outside inquiry Thailand's military tolerates....

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:...

Tongue-Thai’ed!: Has Thailand’s self-proclaimed chief censor crossed the LINE?

By Wed, Aug 14, 2013 10:00AM UTC 4 Comments Image from the Line website: line.naver.jp

This is part XXI of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, in which we encapsulate the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. Thailand has a long line of officers, politicians and other authority figures who think...

Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

By Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:00AM UTC 1 Comment Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

Thailand’s authorities are openly resorting to scare tactics to curb online discussions of politics after the summoning of several users for posting coup rumors on Facebook and a dumbfoundingly revealing interview with an official admitting his division’s use of said methods. The debate of the amnesty bills in parliament last week and the anticipation of...

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