Tag Archives: freedom of expression

Voice keeps its voice

Prachatai reports that the Administrative Court has ruled that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission was wrong to suspend Voice TV. It decided that “the moderators of Wake Up News and Tonight Thailand did not cause confusion and division in the general public, even though they offer analysis and criticism against the government agencies and […]

Lese majeste in 2018

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights have a useful analysis of the use of lese majeste in 2018. They begin with the background: Since late 2016, in the aftermath of the passing of King Rama IX and the accession of King Rama X, prosecutions of lèse majesté cases or the violation of the Penal Code’s Section […]

Academics in court I

Five academics and students have just spent five days being tried by the military junta. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights reports that on 6-7 and 12-14 December, witness hearings were held in the case of those charged with violating The Dictator’s No. 3/2558 regarding the prohibition of political assembly of five or more persons. This […]

Begging the junta to do the right thing

Begging the junta to do the right thing might seem about as useful as talking to a brick wall, especially when it has almost no track record on human rights or basic humanity. Think of the lying that still goes on about the 2010 massacre perpetrated by the Army. Even so, a couple of human […]

Wearied by the creative constrictions of junta-run Thailand

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of Thailand’s most important and widely recognized filmmakers. In 2010, he was the winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Some time ago, he announced that he had decided not to show his then latest film Cemetery of Splendour in Thailand. He said that […]

Junta shenanigans I

A Bangkok Post editorial chastises the military dictatorship for what it does best: limiting freedom of expression. In this case, the Post is concerned about the rigged election: Three months away from a possible election, the ban on political activities and basic freedoms is truly a mystery. There seems no logical reason to continue the […]

Planning massive electoral fraud

In a bizarre defense of lese majeste and the military dictatorship, Foreign Minister and junta slitherer Don Pramudwinai has not only defended the feudal lese majeste law, but rejected the idea that the junta’s rigged election could be observed by foreigners. We have posted a couple of times that the junta seems willing to engaged […]