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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....

Thai webmaster Chiranuch loses appeal against suspended sentence

By Fri, Nov 08, 2013 11:44AM UTC Comments Off Chiranuch Premchaiporn. Pic: AP.

Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn has lost her appeal against her sentence for not deleting online comments deemed insulting to the monarchy quickly enough from the now defunct web board of the Thai news site Prachatai. The Criminal Court found her guilty in May 2012 and initially sentenced her to 1 year in prison, which was then reduced to...

Tongue-Thai’ed!: An insult to the PM, a libel suit and an avalanche of poor decisions

By Fri, May 10, 2013 11:00AM UTC Comments Off Tongue-Thai’ed!: An insult to the PM, a libel suit and an avalanche of poor decisions

This is part XIX 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. In her tenure for almost two years now, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra generally comes...

Thailand’s defence minister fears ‘too much press freedom’

By Fri, Mar 29, 2013 2:00PM UTC Comments Off Thailand’s defence minister fears ‘too much press freedom’

We have written numerous times about the armed forces’ open disdain for the press. Who can forget army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s very frequent furious outbursts against the press, most recently against ThaiPBS for the controversial monarchy debate where he essentially told all critics of the lèse majesté law to leave the country. Now in Friday’s Bangkok...

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