The Stream

Thailand’s lese majeste crackdown

Insulting Thailand’s king is a serious crime, but are recent cases more about politics than protecting the monarchy?

Thailand’s military junta is increasing its crackdown on those who insult the monarchy. The country’s lese majeste laws are among the world’s strictest, and criticising the royal family can be punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But critics say the junta is abusing the provision to silence their dissenters. What purpose does lese majeste serve, and how is it impacting free speech? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Tul Sittisomwong
Founder, Citizens Protecting Homeland

Kuson Sintusingha @kuson
Thai citizen who supports lese majeste law

David Streckfuss @dstreckfuss
Author, “Truth on Trial in Thailand”

Saksith Saiyasombut @Saksith
Blogger, Siam Voices

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