Academic faces lese majeste charge

8 12 2011

Prachatai reports, in Thai, that Suraphot Thawisak, a lecturer in philosophy at Rajaphat Suan Dusit University’s Hua Hin campus has received a summons and been charged about a week ago. This is a case that appears to have been processed under the Yingluck Shinawatra government.

According to a comment at New Mandala, Suraphot “writes regularly for the Prachatai websites; his writing on political issues and especially on Buddhism and politics (he’s a specialist), appears at Prachatai almost every week, under both his real name and a well-known pseudonym ‘Nak Pratchaya Chai Khob’ (a philosophy at the margin).”

That account points out that the “current government had already pledged to the public and the UN that it would end indiscriminate, abusive use of LM of the past few years (for which it blamed the previous government).”