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Thai student leader jailed for lese majeste

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Jatupat Pai Dao Din Boonpatararaksa 25 is the latest anti junta activist to be hit by the country s draconian lese majeste law which bans any criticism of the monarchy

Thai activist arrested for commemorating democratic revolution

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan is taken to a Bangkok military base for attitude adjustment

THAI MONARCHY. An image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn who became the king of Thailand on December 1, 2016, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

Thailand backs down on Facebook ban over royal posts

May 16, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Thailand ferociously enforces a draconian lese majeste law which outlaws any criticism of the monarchy

5 Thais charged with royal defamation for Facebook 'shares'

May 04, 2017 - 6:22 PM

The 5 are remanded in custody on Wednesday May 3 for sharing Facebook posts written by Paris based Thai historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul about the disappearance of a democracy plaque in Bangkok last month

Thai charged in first royal slur case under new king

Feb 10, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Jatupat Boonpatararaksa is arrested for sharing on Facebook a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn written by the BBC s Thai language service in London

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. This file handout photo received from Thailand's Royal Bureau taken on August 01, 2011 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn reading a statement at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok. File photo from Royal Bureau/AFP

Thailand blames PM death threats on exiled anti-monarchists

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:44 PM

The allegation comes as Thailand seeks to extradite the group for slandering the royal family – an offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison per count

Cambodia to arrest 3 suspects behind photoshopped image of king

Jan 02, 2017 - 3:48 PM

UPDATED The suspects supposedly used a photo editing software to put King Norodom Sihamoni in a gay porn scene

RESPECTED. King Norodom Sihamoni is largely respected in Cambodia. File photo by Ace Moradante/Malacañang Photo

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Dec 07, 2016 - 6:48 PM

UPDATED The BBC is now under scrutiny for a Thai language profile it published out of its London offices of the nation s new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn who ascended to the throne last week

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Three Thai royal insult prisoners freed after pardon

Aug 27, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Thailand s lese majeste law is among the world s harshest punishing any perceived criticism of the monarchy with up to 15 years per offence

THAI KING. A well-wisher holds a large medal carrying a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people wait for him to drive by in a motorcade as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on September 15, 2014. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai man jailed for 6 years over Facebook royal 'slur'

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The conviction is the latest jail term handed down in an unprecedented lese majeste crackdown

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family during a public appearance to mark his 85th birthday celebrations on the balcony of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai editor loses final appeal over royal slur conviction

Dec 23, 2015 - 1:45 PM

The ruling comes as junta run Thailand undergoes an unprecedented lese majeste crackdown

In this file photo, a well-wisher holds a large medal carrying a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people wait for him to drive by in a motorcade as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on September 15, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thailand jails woman at 'secret' ruling over Facebook posts

Dec 16, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Chayapa Shokpornbudsri is found guilty of defaming the monarchy on Facebook at a hearing without her lawyer present a court official says

Thai faces jail for insulting king's dog – lawyer

Dec 15, 2015 - 9:26 PM

Thanakorn Siripaiboon 27 is charged by police with lese majeste for a satirical Facebook post about the king and his dog

Thai military holding junta critic over Facebook 'like'

Dec 12, 2015 - 4:24 PM

Thanakorn Siripaiboon is arrested and charged with sedition lese majeste and computer crimes for clicking like on a doctored photo of the king and sharing it

Elderly Thai man faces charges 'for giving protesters flowers'

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Preecha Kaewbanpaew a 77 year old former teacher was arrested in the northern province of Chiang Rai on Sunday

PROTESTS. Thai security forces deploy at Victory Monument. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

No NYT edition in Thailand after article on king's health

Sep 23, 2015 - 7:31 AM

King Bhumibol is perceived as a near deity by many Thais and is often seen as a unifying force in a deeply polarized country with a turbulent political history

KING BHUMIBOL. A Thai student looks to a painting of the Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand, 09 September 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Thai man jailed for 30 years for 'insulting' royals on Facebook

Aug 07, 2015 - 3:57 PM

Pongsak Sriboonpeng is sentenced to 10 years on each count with his 60 year jail term halved after he pleaded guilty

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family members on the balcony of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai junta bans lese majeste debate – organizers

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:27 PM

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand says police would blockade the the building housing the FCCT if the event went ahead

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family at a public appearance to mark his 85th birthday celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Senior Thai palace official arrested for lese majeste

Jun 11, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Montri Sotangkul is the latest ally of the disgraced Princess Srirasmi to be arrested in a rare public airing of palace intrigue

ARRESTED. Thai national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung (R) sits next to Montri Sotangkul (C), 53, who was a member of the household staff of Princess Srirasmi, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn's former wife, during his arrest at the police headquarters in Bangkok on June 11, 2015. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Thai police seek royal official on lese majeste charges

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Montri Sotangkul is accused of defaming the monarchy by improperly using his royal connections to make financial gains police say

In this file photo, Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) talks to royal consort Princess Srirasmi (R) during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 May 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

May 28, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Last week Thaksin made rare comments to overseas media as the Thai military marked a year in power although it was not immediately clear which interview he faces censure for

TARGETED? In this file photo, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra waves to his supporters during his visit for Buddhist rite ceremony at Pha That Luang Stupa in Vientiane, Laos, 12 April 2012. Stringer/EPA

Elderly Thai man jailed for 'royal insult' graffiti

Mar 20, 2015 - 2:02 PM

Ophas Chansuksei receives a year and a half sentence for writing anti monarchy and anti government messages in an eastern Bangkok mall

Parents of former Thai princess jailed for insulting monarchy

Mar 11, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Apiruj Suwadee 72 and his 66 year old wife Wanthanee are the latest close relatives of fallen former princess Srirasmi to face legal proceedings after a corruption scandal

HAPPIER TIMES. The file picture dated 05 December 2011 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (R), royal consort Princess Srirasm (L) and their son Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti (C) on their way to attend the royal ceremony marking King Bhumibol Adulyadej 84th birthday at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Parents of former Thai princess confess to insulting monarchy

Feb 27, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Apiruj Suwadee and his wife Wanthanee tell reporters they are guilty of defaming the monarchy lodging a malicious claim and asking officials to file false charges

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family members (L-R) Princess Soamsawali Mahidol, his older daughter Princess Ubol Ratana, youngest daughter Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, Princess Siribhachudabhorn, Royal Consort Princess Srirasm, grandson Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, his son Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and his daughter Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during a public appearance to mark his 85th birthday celebrations on the balcony of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, 05 December 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play are jailed for two and a half years as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under the controversial lese majeste law

In this file photo, Thai Navy oarsmen row a barge in front of the Royal Palace during the Royal barge procession held on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok on November 9, 2012.  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Hedged condemnation of Hebdo attack across Southeast Asia

Jan 13, 2015 - 1:43 PM

No leader or government spoke out about the real attack the one on press freedom whether you agree that Charlie Hedbo was tasteful or not

Thai smuggling ring tied to prince?

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Suspects arrested in massive crackdown were actually delivering a river of money to Vajiralongkorn sources say

In this file photo, Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) talks to royal consort Princess Srirasmi (R) during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 May 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Two senior Thai policemen charged with royal defamation – official

Nov 23, 2014 - 6:10 PM

A Central Investigation Bureau chief and his deputy have been charged under the strict lese majeste law in Thailand

File photo/AFP

Thai radio host to be jailed for 5 years for royal defamation

Nov 18, 2014 - 6:35 PM

The ruling on Kathawut 59 – who presents an online radio show from overseas – is one of the first sentences passed by a military court for breaching the lese majeste law

British journalist's book banned for 'defaming' Thai royals

Nov 13, 2014 - 5:42 PM

The Thai police say anybody caught breaching the ban on Andrew MacGregor Marshall s A Kingdom in Crisis could face up to 3 years in jail and a fine of 60 000 baht 1 800

UN decries 'harsh' Thai sentences for royal slurs

Aug 20, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Since the army seized power from an elected government in May at least 13 new royal defamation cases have been opened for investigation and other allegations have been revived

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (F) sits in a wheelchair during the 64th anniversary of Coronation Day at the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin, south-west of Bangkok, Thailand, 05 May 2014. EPA/Stringer

Thai cyber police step up royal slur patrols

Jun 15, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Thailand s military is bolstering its self designated role as protector of the monarchy with increased cyber patrols to root out critics of the king following last month s coup

HARDLINE. Thai policemen link arms before moving in to break up an anti-coup gathering at a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on June 1, 2014. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Get stoked: 7 lesser-known PH surf spots

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:00 PM

‘Tis the season of rains typhoons and surfing

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SURFING. Surfers are in for a treat with the typhoon-brought waves this rainy season. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

Thai pardon for US citizen jailed for royal insult

Jul 11, 2012 - 10:28 AM

Thailand on Wednesday July 11 said a Thai born US citizen jailed for insulting the king had been pardoned by the monarch in a case that has drawn protest from the United States

Malaysian blogger held over alleged royalty insult

Jul 06, 2012 - 6:04 PM

The blogger a 26 year old woman allegedly insulted the sultan of Johor state

Suspended jail term for Thai webmaster under royal law

May 30, 2012 - 5:52 PM

Chiranuch Premchaiporn who had faced a possible 20 year sentence was found guilty of failing to speedily delete a post written by others deemed insulting to the royal family from her popular news website Prachatai

Thai web editor to hear 'royal insults' verdict

May 30, 2012 - 7:27 AM

A Thai web editor is due Wednesday May 30 to hear whether she will be jailed for hosting defamatory postings about the monarchy on her website amid a growing clamor for the law to be changed