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Amid Legal Crackdown, Thai Protest Movement Regains Momentum
March 25, 2021

Amid Legal Crackdown, Thai Protest Movement Regains Momentum

By Sebastian Strangio
After a period of hiatus, and amid a concerted legal offensive, the student-led protests are beginning to revive.

Thai Court Jails More Pro-Democracy Activists on Royal Defamation Charges
March 10, 2021

Thai Court Jails More Pro-Democracy Activists on Royal Defamation Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
The decision is designed to prevent the leaders from playing any active role in the ongoing political protest movement.
Under Cover of Myanmar’s Coup, Neighboring Countries Continue Crackdowns
February 10, 2021

Under Cover of Myanmar’s Coup, Neighboring Countries Continue Crackdowns

By Sebastian Strangio
Once again, Myanmar is the pariah state that relativizes the rest of the region’s abuses.

Amid Crackdown, Thai Court Acquits Writer in Royal Defamation Case
January 27, 2021

Amid Crackdown, Thai Court Acquits Writer in Royal Defamation Case

By Sebastian Strangio
The case against 80-year-old Bundit Aneeya stemmed from comments he made at a seminar in 2015.

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation
January 22, 2021

Leading Thai Opposition Politician Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had criticized a COVID-19 vaccine procurement deal involving a company owned by the Thai king.

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy
January 20, 2021

With Severe Sentence, Thailand Deepens Its War on Critics of the Monarchy

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand wields a controversial law in its attempt to stamp out a campaign of student-led protests.

Thai Court Gives Record 43-year Sentence for Insulting King
January 20, 2021

Thai Court Gives Record 43-year Sentence for Insulting King

By Associated Press
A woman was found guilty of violating the lese majeste law for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy.
Is Facebook Finally Standing up for Free Speech in Southeast Asia?
September 01, 2020

Is Facebook Finally Standing up for Free Speech in Southeast Asia?

By David Hutt
Facebook is pushing back against the Thai government's censorship requests. Is this a new normal -- or an exception to the government-friendly rule?

The Dark Memory of 1976 Hangs Over Thailand’s Student Activists
August 19, 2020

The Dark Memory of 1976 Hangs Over Thailand’s Student Activists

By Jake Black
The 1976 Thammasat massacre serves as a horrific reminder of what can happen to those who criticize Thailand’s monarchy.

Unprecedented Open Criticism of King Aired at Thai Protest 
August 11, 2020

Unprecedented Open Criticism of King Aired at Thai Protest 

By Associated Press
Student protesters aired grievances normally expressed in whispers in remarkably direct language.

Thai Man Forced Into Psychiatric Hospital Over T-shirt Motto 
July 15, 2020

Thai Man Forced Into Psychiatric Hospital Over T-shirt Motto 

By Associated Press
After posting a picture of himself wearing a t-shirt with the statement “I have lost all faith in the institution of monarchy,” Tiwakorn Vithiton was forcibly hospitalized.
‘Fake News’ and Thailand’s Information Wars
July 03, 2019

‘Fake News’ and Thailand’s Information Wars

By Janjira Sombatpoonsiri
How politicizing “fake news” consolidates Thailand’s authoritarian rule.

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