Academic threatened with lese majeste charges

Somsak Jeamtheerasakul, a staunch critic of the monarchy, has been threatened with lese majeste charges.  He and other academics will hold a press conference tomorrow at Thammasat University.

The press conference will be held at LT 1 room, Faculty of Law, Tha Prachan campus, April 24, 2011, at 2 pm. 

Somsak, a well known critic of the monarchy, has produced a number of critiques on issues concerning the institution.

His Facebook page had 5,000 friends, until it was recently deactivated by himself.

He was one of the speakers at a public forum on the monarchy, constitution and democracy held by the Nitirassadorn, a group of Thammasat law lecturers, on 10 Dec 2010.