Royal defamation case in Thailand draws criticism

The 10 year jail term handed down to magazine editor Somyot Pruksakasemsuk this month, under Thailand’s Article 112, has drawn wide concern from, among others, the UN, the European Union, various NGOs and the media community.

Thailand criticized for Lese Majeste verdict

A 10-year prison sentence adds to the grim litany churned out by the Thai courts under Article 112 of the penal code that protects the royal family, and whose application leads to growing criticism among international organizations such as the UE, UN and various NGOs.
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Reform of lese-majesté laws still distant despite greater discussion

Thailand has strict “lese-majeste” laws that prohibit the expression of criticism against royalty in both print, television, radio and Internet media. The law punishes violators with jail time up to 15 years for insulting the king, queen, or heir.
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Media report on the death of Amphon Tangnoppakul (aka Uncle SMS)

A Thai man in his 60s who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in mobile phone text messages has died while serving his 20-year prison term, his lawyer said Tuesday.
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Thailand and The Use of the Lèse-Majesté Law

In a recent article published on Thailand’s official government website, the department of public relation made a rare contribution to the ongoing debate on lèse majesté laws. The Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Thani Thongphakdi, said that the lèse-majesté law is not aimed at curbing people’s rights to freedom of opinion and expression nor the legitimate exercise of academic freedom, including debates about the monarchy as an institution.

Is Thailand Lost in Translation ?

Gordon, a Thai-born American, was arrested and remanded in custody in May this year while he was on holiday in Thailand. He was officially charged on 30 August with lèse-majesté for translating excerpts of the banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Harsh Punishments for Lese Majeste Offenses Raise Concerns

A Thai court’s sentencing of a 61-year-old man to 20 years in prison for sending four text messages illustrates the misuse by successive Thai governments of laws intended to protect the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said today.

Thailand asks Facebook to block 60,000 accounts on lese majesté charges

Thailand’s ICT Ministry told Facebook to block more accounts with suspected lèse majesté contents: 26,000 URL in Aug-Sept and 60,000 URL in Oct-[Nov]. Local Facebook users risk violating the computer law unknowingly by pressing the “like” or “share” button included with posted comment on anti-monarchy messages on Facebook, Thailand’s Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said.