Facelessness for freedom

13 04 2013

A couple of weeks or so ago PPT posted on “culture jamming” at the National Book Fair where lese majeste and freedom of expression were being emphasized.

At The Nation,  there’s a report on some of the “leaders of the ‘Faceless People’ group. It begins by noting that they “have never met lese majeste convict Somyos Prueksakasemsuk.” Despite this, they are:

disturbed by the fate of the jailed former editor of now-defunct Voice of Taksin magazine, and the public’s lack of rights to read materials critical of the monarchy institution, they have decided to don masks of Somyos in public.

Apparently they protested three times at the National Book Fair, “causing quite a stir.” Good for them!

Wirapa Angkoontassani-yarat is cited:

“We saw the promotion of Bangkok as the World Book Capital this year. But how can we be a world book capital when people are banned from reading? People have been jailed for producing books, and we call ourselves a world capital of books?”

Wirapa added: “If you block information, things will go underground and create an even wider rift in society…”.


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14 04 2013