Banpot 6 nabbed for lese majeste

2 02 2015

The remarkable crackdown on lese majeste has expanded to include a further six persons.

Prachatai reports that “police arrested six people as part of a “criminal organization” for distributing online materials deemed defaming the monarchy.” Police announced the arrests at a press conference on 2 February 2015.

The accused are listed as Damrong S., Siwaporn P., Neongkoon U., Paisit J., Aunchan P., and Tara W. They are accused of having been involved with a so-called “Banpot” network, said to be a “network of people who allegedly distributed lese majeste contents online…”.

They accused of working with the quite well-known Banpot who produces radio programs distributed via the internet. Banpot’s programs are long talk shows that have been about politics and the monarchy. Many of the shows reproduce many of the rumors whirling around the royal family. It has long been thought that Banpot produces his podcasts outside Thailand.

The police and the Department Special Investigation (DSI) claimed “the group has been operated since 2011 and that the group’s activities are grave threats to national security and the revered Thai monarchy institution.”

The monarchy is less revered everyday, but the police and military are trying to snuff out any and all discussion of the monarchy that is not laudatory.

The authorities claim that “the suspects in this network operated systematically. They had been dividing works, holding secret meetings, and attempting to use distorted informations to propagate false information…”.

Not all of it was false of course.


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6 02 2015
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6 02 2015
Anti-monarchy conspiracies | Political Prisoners of Thailand

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