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...
BP mentioned the issue of the problem of ‘Standing’ in regards to lese majeste in 2007 as excerpted below: 3.1 Standing Standing to bring an action under section 112 is not limited to the monarchy and anyone who thinks the monarchy has been harmed is allowed to bring an action. This makes it an attractive tool to suppress political...
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