Last year, Chaleaw J., a 55 year-old tailor born in Chaiyaphum, resident in Bangkok and a self-taught computer geek was convicted of lese majeste on 1 September 2014. He was sentenced to three years, which was halved and suspended for two years. The prosecution was dumbfounded that a lese majeste case could see a person […]

The Bangkok Post reports that the military dictatorship has revoked the passport of former Puea Thai Party education minister Chaturon Chaisaeng. Why? Apparently “for defying the NCPO’s summons to report in, breaching martial law and inciting unrest in violation of Section 116 of the Criminal Code.” In junta-speak, Chaturon has dared to chastise the criticism […]

There appear to be several pretenders for the king’s crown, at least as far as discourse goes. Suthep Thaugsuban has been at it on the dictatorship’s constitution. Next in line is the old political meddler, Privy Council president, General and coup planner Prem Tinsulanonda. Of course, Prem has more pedigree for speaking for the king […]

Readers will recall that a couple of days ago the anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban called a press conference to announce his support for the military junta’s draft constitution. The intention was to have his rabid anti-democrat supporters sign up for the flawed charter. When he went public, we suggested that the junta might have chastise him […]

Following the acquittal of Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison from news site Phuketwan, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders “urges Thailand to repeal its criminal defamation laws following the acquittal of two reporters.” It states: “Thailand must now abolish criminal defamation and make the Computer Crimes Act compliant with the country’s international […]

The Bangkok Post has a damning editorial on Police General Somyos Pumpanmuang and his pile of money. In part it states: There is also the manner of Monday’s gratuitous action by the police chief. He bragged that of the three million baht he plans to distribute, one million came from his own pocket, and the […]

The Bangkok Post reports that anti-democrat leader Suthep Thaugsuban is campaigning for the military dictatorship’s constitution. Yes, there were warnings against this, but a little pushing from Suthep is probably welcomed by the junta (even if they chastise him later). The Post reports him as saying: He said that although the document may have some shortcomings, they […]

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