A reader sent PPT a link to a report by an Australian journalist based in Bangkok and presented at the ABC’s Correspondent’s Report on the weekend. It’s an audio report that comes with this introduction at the website:
The death of Thailand’s revered King last month will be remembered as a turning point in the country’s history.
It’s also a topic that’s difficult to cover as a journalist, given Thailand’s extremely harsh laws against royal defamation.
A new official version of the royal anthem, sung by tens of thousands of Thais outside the palace, is the latest talking point.
Our South-East Asia correspondent, Liam Cochrane, reports from Bangkok.
There’s still some blarney in the report yet it is mainly about lese majeste censorship and self-censorship associated with monarchy, the Crown Property Bureau, the late king and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. The fear the journalist feels is palpable.