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Economist pulls issue in Thailand out of Concern for Lese-majeste Laws

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In Thailand, Economist pulled again from Thailand newsstands after monarchy article citing concern for the local distributor under Thailand’s Lese majeste laws. Earlier this year, Harry Nicolaides, an Australian author who had written a novel critical of the Thai royal family, was arrested under the lese majeste laws. According to Wikipedia, the law is just about as broad as one could imagine:

“The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated. No person shall expose the King to any sort of accusation or action.”


“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen or the Heir-apparent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to 15 years.”

Despite pulling the magazine, the article is still available in Thailand on the internet as the site hasn’t been blocked by the government. As noted on the Thai Crisis Blog, the Thai government has shown a penchant for going after websites as well, last fall the “Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry has detected more than 1,200 websites that violated the Computer Crime Act – of which 344 had content deemed insulting to the monarchy.”

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