The listing of these papers and publications here in no way implies a connection between the authors and this blog. Nor does it imply that Political Prisoners in Thailand endorses everything in each publication.
We don’t the commentary much as the blog is reasonably comprehensive. However, when we are able, we do add to the Historical Commentary below.
For a brief discussion of lese majeste, read the Reporters Without Borders report (9 February 2009) entitled “His Untouchable Majesty”.
In December 2008, The Economist published a highly controversial set of articles on the monarchy and Thailand’s political crisis that were not distributed in Thailand: “A right royal mess”. Its 22 January 2009 edition was not distributed in Thailand because of this story on Nicolaides and lèse majesté: The Economist, 22 January 2009, “The Trouble with Harry”. The Bangkok Post, 27 January 2009, finally reports: “Distributor bans Economist again”. Following this, The Economist’s 29 January 2009 issue was not distributed in Thailand because of this story: “A sad slide backwards”. Simon Long, The Economist‘s Asia editor writes about the problems the magazine has faced in Thailand, at Index on Censorship, 2 February 2009: “We are not amused”. The Economist, 18 February 2009: “No disrespect” explains more about why it reports lèse majesté.
Forbes published a controversial first listing of the world’s richest royals, listing King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the top: “Richest Royals”
Academic Papers and Articles:
NIASNytt has an issue on the 2006 coup, including discussion of the role of the monarchy: “Thailand and the 2006 coup”
The Journal of Contemporary Asia had a special issue in 2008 that can be downloaded as a zipped file: “Thailand’s ‘Good Coup’, the Fall of Thaksin, the Military and Democracy”. Important articles for the issues of monarchy and politics are by Michael Connors, Kevin Hewison (download it: JCA_38_1_2008), Ukrist Pathamanand and Porphant Ouyyanont. The journal special issue is reviewed in Asia Sentinel.
Michael Connors, “Thailand: Four elections and a coup” (2008).
Michael Connors “Citizen King. Embodying Thainess” chapter 6 from his revised 2011 book Democracy and National Identity in Thailand. Made available by NIAS Press.
Thitinan Pongsudhirak, “Thailand since the Coup” (2008).
Fringer has several useful papers from the 10th International Conference on Thai Studies (scroll down the page):
- Celebrating Kingship, Worrying about the Monarchy by Irene Stengs [PDF, 9 pages]
- Lese Majeste Law and Mainstream Newspapers’ Self-Censorship: The Upward Spiral Effect and its Counter Reaction by Pravit Rojanapruk [PDF, 12 pages]
- Ramification and Re-Sacralization of the Lèse Majesté Law in Thailand by Somchai Preechasilpakul and David Streckfuss [PDF, 22 pages]
- Also this useful paper not from ICTS: The Construction of Mainstream Thought on “Thainess” and the “Truth” Constructed by “Thainess” [PDF, 36 pages] – by Saichol Sattayanurak
E-Books and Excerpts:
Paul Handley, The King Never Smiles, Yale University Press, 2006. Buy it from the publisher. Excerpts at Google Books and Asia Sentinel. The author is interviewed at New Mandala and speaks with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Attempts to prevent publication are outlined in the Yale Alumni Magazine (scroll down the page) and Inside Higher Education. Craig Reynolds provides a commentary at New Mandala. Another commentary is at the New York Times, while Denis Grey reports on discussion of the book at the 10th ICTS in The Irrawaddy. Reviews by Nicholas Farrelly (in The Oxonian Review); Kevin Hewison (in Journal of Historical Biography); and Chris Baker (in Asia Sentinel).
We post important historical documents related to lèse majesté and the monarchy. For many of these papers, the origins are vague and it is not always possible to ensure that we are honoring copyright. If a copyright holder notices a problem, contact us immediately at: email@example.com.
Keith Simpson, “The Violent Death of King Ananda of Siam,” from Forty Years of Murder: An Autobiography, London: Harrop, 1978): Simpson (1978). Simpson was a British pathologist who investigated the Ananda Mahidol regicide.
Edwin F. Stanton’s 1948 cable where U.S. Ambassador Stanton recounts a discussion with former Prime Minister Luang Thamrong Navasawat on Phibun, coups and the death of King Ananda Mahidol.
อธิปัตย์ (Athipat), 18-21 February 1975, pages 1 and 12, “คดีหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพตัดสิน ๒๘ ก.พ. นี้”
U.S. State Department, declassified cable on how the U.S. Embassy and the palace worked with the international media to ensure the king’s good image, 30 March 1973: palace_nat-geog_1973
U.S. State Department, declassified cable on protecting the king from criticism, 7 December 1973: king_sweden_1973
U.S. State Department, declassified cable on “creative” intervention, 22 December 1973: king_const_1973
U.S. State Department, declassified cable on attempts to censor negative reports on the queen, 11 February 1975: queen-1975
U.S. State Department, declassified cable on claimed links between the CIA and Palace Guards, 25 February 1975: palace-guards_1975
Inoue Sumio, “Lese Majeste Used as Political Trick”, AMPO, 8, 3, 1976, pp. 14-17.
Chang Kuo Tao, “All the king’s men”, AMPO, 8, 3, 1976, pp. 18-26.
Natee Pisalchai, “Village Scouts,” Thai Information Bulletin (Paris), No. 6, January 1977, pp. 10-22, on the notorious state-organized, royal-patronized semi-fascist movement.
Paul Heiecke, “On the role of the king in Thailand”, Thai Information Bulletin (Paris), No. 13, Nov-Dec 1977, pp. 24-32.
Phoo Phaakphoom [Phuu Phaakphum], “The Last Thai King,” Southeast Asia Chronicle, No. 60, 1978, p. 6.
Phuu Phaakphum, “The Ninth King: A Tale of Palace Intrigue in Modern Thailand”, Ampo (Japan-Asia Quarterly Review), Volume 10, Numbers 1-2, 1978.
Thailand Update, Volume 2, Number 5, March-April 1981 (short articles on the Young Turks failed coup and comments on role of the monarchy).
Gareth McKinley, “Knights, pawns … and kings, Inside Asia, November/December 1984, with information on lese majeste and the monarchy’s political role (McKinley, 1984).
Mong Doo, How deep are the cracks in the kingdom? Reflections on a king’s birthday”. This is a paper probably written in late 1987 or early 1988 and privately circulated.
Lese majeste cases and commentary:
Here we include older cases not detailed elsewhere at PPT.
Asiaweek, 15 April 1977, marking an attack on the monarchy by Thirayuth Boonmee, who had joined the CPT.
UCL Newsletters reporting on Sulak Sivaraksa’s interesting lese majeste case in 1984-5.
UCL, “Case of lèse majesté at Chiangmai Province,” UCL Newsletter, Vol. 2, 1985, p. 7. According to another UCL Newsletter (Oct-Dec 1985) report the case was eventually thrown out for lack of witnesses.
UCL, Oct-Dec 1985, reporting several lese majeste cases and convictions.
Anti-monarchy leaflets, 1987, quality is poor as these sheets were repeatedly photocopied and distributed by hand.
Bangkok Post, 25 September 1987, one of several lese majeste accusations at the time, this promoted by Chalerm Yubamrung.
The Nation, 14 April 1989, Briton accused of lese majeste against princesses (who aren’t covered by the law)
The Straits Times, 2 February 1995, Frenchman Lech-Tomasz Kisielewicz accused of lese majeste.