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UPDATED: Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

UPDATED: Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 11:00AM UTC Comments Off UPDATED: Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

As Thailand's political crisis lingers on, the country's draconian lèse majesté law is still being applied, as two related cases show. Moreover, a new online vigilante group is making sure it stays that way....

Phuket journalists on trial for quoting Pulitzer-prize winning Rohingya trafficking report

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:30AM UTC Comments Off Pic: Greg Constantine:

UPDATE: After spending five hours in court cell, Phuketwan reporters Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian are released on bail (100,000 Baht each) and are remanded to appear in court again on May 26, according to a report by Australia’s The Age. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The trial against two Phuket journalists for alleged defamation is set to begin today. The Royal...

US first lady hosts education roundtable in China

By Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:34AM UTC Comments Off U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a round table education meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China Sunday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has hosted a discussion about education with Chinese professors and students on the third day of her visit to China. She spoke about the importance of education with a handful of Chinese professors, students and parents at an event at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing that was...

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....

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