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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.

What’s Behind the Thailand King’s Rising Security Force?
October 11, 2018

What’s Behind the Thailand King’s Rising Security Force?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Another data point has shed light on ongoing efforts to strengthen the security around Thailand’s new monarch and its significance.

Is Thailand Ready for Its Youngest Prime Minister?
March 15, 2018

Is Thailand Ready for Its Youngest Prime Minister?

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Though a new voice is ready for Thai politics, it is unclear if Thai politics is ready for him.

Don’t Expect Democracy in Thailand Anytime Soon
February 08, 2018

Don’t Expect Democracy in Thailand Anytime Soon

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun
Repeated election delays are the product of a fierce power struggle that is still ongoing.
Defending Free Speech in ASEAN
January 23, 2017

Defending Free Speech in ASEAN

By David Hutt
There have been some troubling regional developments on the issue of late.

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