Royal defamation

13 Apr 2022
Yukti Mukdawijitra, lecturer at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, has been charged with royal defamation and violation of the Computer Crimes Act over a post he made on Twitter in May 2021.
13 Apr 2022
On 11 April, prosecutors indicted Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Progressive Movement, over his video statement in January 2021 addressing the government’s Covid-19 vaccination programme that relied heavily on Siam Bioscience, a private company in which, according to Reuters, King Rama X holds all but 2 of the 48 million shares.
7 Apr 2022
Although it’s now common for royal insult defendants to be freed on bail, their freedom often comes with vague conditions like bans on joining protests that could lead to “chaos” or doing anything that “damages” the monarchy. Experts question whether these conditions may violate the rights to free expression. 
4 Apr 2022
At the 7th request, the South Bangkok Criminal Court has allowed DAAD scholarship recipient Ravisara Eksgool to travel to Germany to study for a master's degree in non-profit organisation management.
29 Mar 2022
Samut Prakan Provincial Court has dismissed a lèse majesté charge against an internet user posting a comment about the late King Rama IX in a Facebook group, on the grounds that the law protects only the current monarch; instead the court imposed a jail sentence for uploading false information, a charge that was not part of the initial indictment.
23 Mar 2022
Two citizen journalists have been charged with royal defamation and sedition for live broadcasting an event at Siam Paragon on 8 February 2022, in which activists conducted a poll on whether people think they face trouble from royal motorcades. Worawet and Nui leaving the South Bangkok Criminal Court (Photo by Ginger Cat)
22 Mar 2022
After having her request denied twice and being ordered twice by the South Bangkok Criminal Court to provide additional documents, scholarship student Ravisara Eksgool, who was charged with royal defamation for reading out a statement during the 26 October 2020 protest at the German Embassy, has not yet been granted permission to travel to study overseas after the court on 21 March 2022 ordered her to have her documents verified by the German Embassy.
18 Mar 2022
A 19-year-old man in Ubon Ratchathani said he received on 17 March 2022 a summons on a royal defamation charge, possibly for a protest sign he used during a protest on 15 August 2021.
18 Mar 2022
The Criminal Court on Tuesday (15 March) dismissed a charge of royal defamation against writer Harit Mahaton on the grounds that it could not rely on the testimony of Maj Gen Wicharn Jodtaeng, former Chief of the NCPO’s legal office, because it is hearsay evidence. Harit Mahaton after his release from prison in July 2016
9 Mar 2022
The conviction of Narin, who was sentenced last Friday (4 March 2022) to 3 years in prison on a royal defamation charge for putting a sticker over a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn, demonstrates the government’s intensifying targeting of individuals and allies of the pro-democratic movement, said FoRUM-ASIA, CIVICUS, and Asia Democracy Network, who call for the repeal of the royal defamation law and the immediate release of everyone detained under this law.
5 Mar 2022
A man was sentenced on Friday (4 March 2022) to 3 years in prison on a royal defamation charge for putting a sticker on a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn in front of the Supreme Court during a protest on 19 September 2020.
4 Mar 2022
Ravisara Eksgool, who was charged with royal defamation for reading out a statement during the 26 October 2020 protest at the German Embassy, has had her request to leave the country to study overseas denied twice by the South Bangkok Criminal Court over fears that she will flee the country.

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