19 Sep 2014
The Appeal Court on Friday affirmed the decision of the Court of First Instance to sentence Somyos Prueksakasemsuk to 10 years in jail for editing lèse majesté articles written by others. Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has been detained at Bangkok Remand Prison for almost four years. He was found guilty of being the editor of Voice of Taksin monthly magazine which published two articles deemed to insult the King.
17 Sep 2014
Lèse majesté cases under Article 112 of the Criminal Code have gained much attention. Hot debates have flared up every time the Court hands down verdicts on such cases and the opinions expressed tend to be highly polarized. Part of the online debate is harbored to support a notion that “Lèse majesté is a bad law, it should be revoked”.
12 Sep 2014
The public prosecutor on Thursday indicted an undergraduate student under the lèse majesté law and the Computer Crime Act for a Facebook comment.
10 Sep 2014
Thai authorities reportedly planned to implement a surveillance device starting from 15 September to sniff out Thai Internet users, specifically targeting those producing and reading lèse majesté content, a report says. Although the report is yet to be confirmed, it has created greater climate of fear among media. Prachatai has received unconfirmed reports from two different sources.
10 Sep 2014
Instead of throwing an ice bucket over one’s head, the challenge is to sing a song whose lyrics touch every free spirit.
8 Sep 2014
Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned loyalist and critic of the lèse majesté law, has condemned the suppression of freedom of expression, especially the use of the lèse majesté law to arrest and threaten civilians, academics and artists, saying the more despotic the regime is, the more people are being hunted for expressing their thoughts, while the junta leader on Friday defended the use of the draconian law. Sulak said the recent coup affected the monarchy and that the coup junta is using Article 112 or the lèse majesté law to suppress freedom fo
1 Sep 2014
The Criminal Court on Monday found a 50-year-old man guilty of lèse majesté for uploading audio clips onto 4shared.com, a file-sharing website, and sentenced him to three years in jail. Since the defendant pleaded guilty, the sentence was halved and suspended for two years. The court found Chaleaw J.
22 Aug 2014
A man has been arrested and charged with lèse majesté under Article 112 for sending an email with a link to content deemed to defame the monarchy to the now-defunct Stop Lèse Majesté blog. This is the third case involving the blog, according to iLaw. Tanet (last name withheld due to privacy concerns) was accused of sending an email to Emilio Esteban, whom the police identified as an Englishman residing in Spain.
21 Aug 2014
After the Harvard Crimson an article which talked about the pro-coup Thai elite trying to influence the Thai Studies programme at Harvard for the “personal safety of its author,” the paper on Thursday reposted the article on its website saying it was now safe because the author had left Thailand.
20 Aug 2014
The Harvard Crimson on Wednesday removed an article which talked about the pro-coup Thai elite trying to influence the Thai Studies programme at Harvard for the “personal safety of its author.” Written by Ilya Garger, the article “Troubles with Thai Studies” raised concerns that by allowing the pro-coup Thai elite to influence the establishment of a permanent Thai Studies programme at Harvard, academic freedom may become compromised. “Having overthrown a series
20 Aug 2014
AUGUST 20, 2014 Thailand: Theater Activists Jailed for Insulting Monarchy Lese Majeste Arrests Increase Since Military Coup (New York) – The arrest of two activists involved in a play considered by Thai military authorities to be “insulting to the monarchy” shows the decline in freedom of expression in Thailand since the May 22, 2014 coup, Human Rights Watch said today.
20 Aug 2014
19 August 2014 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights : Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Subject: Thailand We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lèse majesté law. Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand.