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As Political Crisis Deepens, Thailand to Hold Another Election in July
Because of the failure of the February polls to solve Thailand's political crisis, a new election is set on July 20. But will the opposition boycott it again?
Thailand Wants to Monitor Conversations on LINE App
The proposal is intended to monitor online threats to national security. LINE has 15 million subscribers in Thailand.
Rebels in Thailand's Troubled South Make Public Debut on YouTube
In Thailand's southern borderlands where various Muslim rebel groups have led a deadly nine-year insurgency, the majority of the violence has remained anonymous, committed without any one group coming forward to claim responsibility, make demands, or put a face to the conflict. That is until one of the insurgent groups released a rare video introducing their movement.
Thailand's Prime Minister Sues Cartoonist for Insulting Facebook Post
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is suing a popular cartoonist for defamation over a comment he posted on Facebook comparing the leader to a prostitute for "selling out her country".
Southeast Asia Lionizes ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher
Southeast Asians mourning the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urged their own leaders to emulate the Iron Lady's "iron" quality.
Thailand: TV Debate on Royal Family Cancelled
Thai PBS pulled out their most controversial TV program following public backlash against its series on the monarchy. Opponents deem the show “anti-royal” and a threat to national reconciliation. The online community was a major force behind this public outcry.
Thai Activist Editor Gets 11-Year Jail Term for ‘Insulting’ King
Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a veteran activist and former editor of Voice of Taksin magazine (banned in 2010), received an 11 year jail sentence from a Thai court for publishing articles deemed insulting to the monarchy of Thailand. Human rights groups condemned the 'harsh' sentence which they consider as a blow to free speech in the country
Thailand: Olympic Boxing Defeat Disappoints Fans
Thailand won two silvers and a bronze in the recently concluded London Olympic Games but the controversial defeat of a Thai boxer disappointed many fans who believe that the gold medal should be given to Thailand
Thailand: Amnesty or Reconciliation Bills?
After more than six years of protracted political conflict, Thai parliamentarians have began drafting several 'reconciliation bills' to promote national unity. Netizens have many questions regarding the proposed bills. This article also provides unofficial English translations of the draft bills
Thailand: Grandfather Serving Lese Majeste Sentence Dies in Prison
Akong, a 61-year-old grandfather in Thailand sentenced to 20 years in prison for sending text messages deemed offensive to the Royal Family died in prison a few days ago. Human rights groups criticized the government for refusing to grant bail to Akong who was diagnosed with cancer.
Thailand: Internet Freedom Threats and Violations
Aim Sinpeng reports that internet censorship has continued in Thailand despite the victory of the opposition in the last elections. The government continues to block thousands of websites for violating the local laws. Several bloggers were also arrested for allegedly insulting the Royal Family.