Film ratings to protect monarchy

24 02 2009

A range of reports in The Nation, Variety and at Asiaone News, 17 February 2009: “Thailand’s new filmrating system will divide movies into seven categories from May” explain elements of the new film rating system to be introduced. The latter explains that the extra categories introduced “are for films that should be promoted on cultural or artistic merit, and films that should be banned for inappropriate content,” according to Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch. The Asiaone report explains that “Films that authorities deem to offend the monarchy, threaten national security, hamper national unity, insult faiths, disrespect honourable figures, challenge morals or contain explicit sex scenes will be banned from Thai screens.”

An interview with the Democrat Party Minister for Culture is available from the Bangkok Post, 27 February 2009: “Moving with the changes”


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2 08 2009
New: Defamation, film censorship, freedom of speech and the monarchy « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] ministerial regulation on the rating and censorship of films. PPT posted on this back in February, here. The regulation will come into force later this […]

4 04 2012
The politics of censorship « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As has been widely reported in the media (see here and here), Thailand’s Film Censorship Board has banned another film under rules established by the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, with some intent to protect the monarchy. […]

4 04 2012
The politics of censorship « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] As has been widely reported in the media (see here and here), Thailand’s Film Censorship Board has banned another film under rules established by the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, with some intent to protect the monarchy. […]