Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lese majeste charge may be filed against BBC reporter

Johnathan Head, Bangkok correspondent for the BBC may be charged with lese majeste over comments he made on a panel discussion show in December. The IHT reports: "A police officer filed a criminal complaint Tuesday seeking to have a journalist . . . charged with insulting Thailand’s king. Insulting the monarchy, known as the crime of “lese majeste,” carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison."

The most recent case involving a foreigner happened after a drunk Swiss man defaced a portrait of the King. The Swiss man, Oliver Jufer, was pardoned by the King last year (see posts). I don't expect this case to get so far.
Read "Why Thailand's King is so revered" by Jonathan Head
IHT, via New Mandala. More at New Mandala.

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