Lese majeste and yellow shirt pressure

13 10 2010

Prachatai tells readers that the activist yellow shirt group the People’s Volunteer Network for the Protection of the Monarchy, led by Boworn Yasintorn,has been tramping about Government House demanding more and stronger action to protect the “highly revered” monarchy. If they are to be believed, reporters may have to change “highly revered” to “highly reviled.”

This group is responsible for lese majeste complaints against singer Tom Dundee and an earlier complaint lodged a complaint with Air Chief Marshal Naphreuk Manthajit, chair of a Senate committee monitoring the enforcement of laws and measures to protect the monarchy, demanding that serious legal action be taken against those who offend the monarchy.

This time, these mad monarchists have presented another complaint of official laxness on lese majeste, submitting a “petition to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, ICT Minister Juti Krairiksh, and Justice Minister Peerapan Saleeratwipak, asking them to take measures against lèse majesté content on Facebook.” The group demanded that the government “protest against Facebook for allowing users to post pictures, video clips, and messages containing inaccurate facts deemed offensive to the Monarchy in order to mislead the public without any kind of content-filtering or controlling measures.”

Boworn said his group was convinced that Facebook allowed anonymous users to commit “offences against national security under the Penal Code and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act, and the number of offences had been on the rise.”

Mad monarchists are especially driven in their displays of support for the institution. But, as Andrew Spooner shows, this yellow shirt fervor has negative consequences. His article regarding a Thai living in exile overseas is worth reading.


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