Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 7, 2015 Thailand’s military courts have issued record prison sentences – 30 years and 28 years – against suspects for allegedly defaming the country’s monarchy on Facebook. Two separate verdicts have found the accused guilty of posting content on Facebook that is deemed a violation of the country’s infamously draconian lèse majesté … More Thai military courts hand down record prison sentences for insulting monarchy

Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 25, 2015 Thailand’s courts are continuing to jail people under the lèse majesté law, as two young students have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for allegedly insulting the monarchy in a theater play. The conviction shows yet again the draconian law is still thriving … More Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

Thai junta hunts down lèse majesté fugitives abroad

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 15, 2015 The hunt for people suspected of breaking Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté law continues, with the military junta even looking to extradite those who have fled abroad while ultra-royalist vigilantism at home reaches a new absurd low. After months on the run, Ekapop Luara seems have to … More Thai junta hunts down lèse majesté fugitives abroad

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 23, 2014 Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand as the chances of the accused grow even slimmer under the junta’s rule. The trial was about to start when everybody except the defendants and their lawyers were asked to leave … More Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

Originally published on Siam Voices on September 19, 2014 Thailand’s ruling military junta is further tightening its grip on the public discourse by heightening its censorship measures, going as far as reportedly implementing widespread surveillance of Thai Internet users. The new measure seeks to crush criticism at the military government and  to crack down on anything that is deemed insulting to … More Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

Why has Thailand banned the Tropico 5 video game?

Originally posted at Siam Voices on August 6, 2014 Ever since the military coup of May 22, 2014 the junta that is ruling Thailand has imposed strict censorship measures on the media and has shown repeatedly that it will not tolerate criticism. Journalists, if they have been temporary detained or reprimanded, have toned their reports down … More Why has Thailand banned the Tropico 5 video game?

Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 23, 2014 UPDATE (April 23): The head of the newly created radical royalist cyber-vigilante group has filed a lèse majesté charge against Ms. “Rose” himself. In separate story on Wednesday, Kamol Duangphasuk, better known among the red shirts as a poet under his pen name “Maineung K. Kunthee” has … More Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 2: Lèse majesté and the media in the crossfire

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 28, 2013 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 … More Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 2: Lèse majesté and the media in the crossfire

Thai webmaster Chiranuch loses appeal against suspended sentence

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 8, 2013 Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn has lost her appeal against her sentence for not deleting online comments deemed insulting to the monarchy quickly enough from the now defunct web board of the Thai news site Prachatai. The Criminal Court found her guilty in May 2012 and initially sentenced her … More Thai webmaster Chiranuch loses appeal against suspended sentence

Ex-yellow shirt leader Sondhi found guilty of insulting Thai monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 2, 2013 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 … More Ex-yellow shirt leader Sondhi found guilty of insulting Thai monarchy