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Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation
June 22, 2022

Leading Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is the second former leader of the banned Future Forward Party to be charged under Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation, Cyber Crimes
April 12, 2022

Thai Opposition Figure Charged With Royal Defamation, Cyber Crimes

By Sebastian Strangio
The head of the disbanded Future Forward Party criticized the government for contracting a royal-owned firm to supply COVID-19 vaccines.
Royalists Step Up Campaign Against Thai Chapter of Amnesty International
January 20, 2022

Royalists Step Up Campaign Against Thai Chapter of Amnesty International

By Sebastian Strangio
A network led by the ultraroyalist booster Seksakol Atthawong claims the rights group supports the abolition of the Thai monarchy.

Thailand Protesters Gather as Government Weaponizes Lese Majeste 
November 27, 2020

Thailand Protesters Gather as Government Weaponizes Lese Majeste 

By Tyler Roney
Protest groups change venue to keep the peace as authorities resurrect the notorious Article 112.

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law
November 25, 2020

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
This revival of lese-majeste law marks an escalation in the authorities’ campaign against rising pro-democracy protests.

Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy
June 25, 2020

Suspending Lèse Majesté Could Actually Strengthen Thailand’s Monarchy

By David Hutt
Free speech could even get worse because of the suspension of lèse majesté.

A Softer Approach From Thailand’s Sophisticated Monarch
June 06, 2020

A Softer Approach From Thailand’s Sophisticated Monarch

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Leaving the leveling of lèse-majesté cases behind, the Thai government has found softer ways to control criticism. 
Thailand 4.0: Back to the Future
October 13, 2017

Thailand 4.0: Back to the Future

By Samuel Macrae
The ancient kingdom still struggles with modernity and democracy.

New King, Deep State: Thailand
October 03, 2017

New King, Deep State: Thailand

By Andrew Grant
A year after King Bhumibol's passing, Thailand’s deep state thrives.

Thailand’s Junta Deals Free Speech Another Blow
June 16, 2015

Thailand’s Junta Deals Free Speech Another Blow

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The military bans an event on the country's controversial lese majeste law.

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