Thanapol Eawsakul

fahdiewkan-2005-issue4Thanapol Eawsakul is the editor of the controversial magazine Fa Diew Kan. He faces two accusations of lese majeste. The first relates to an interview with Sulak Sivaraksa in 2006 and the second to an issue of the magazine, on the monarchy, from 2007. The staff of Fah Diew Kan and its website have long been harassed by the authorities.

In February 2011, another case was brought against Thanapol. Democrat Party MP Watchara Petthong filed lese majeste complaints against Thaksin Shinawatra, Robert Amsterdam and Thanapol as editor of the Same Sky/Fa diew kan for the publication of the Thai version of the White Paper by Amsterdam & Peroff on the violence of April and May 2010. The book, which does not list Thanapol as publisher, has been a best seller, and was the initial case taken to the International Criminal Court by red shirts seeking redress for the violence.

Thanapol has faced continuing intimidation and was arrested for anti-coup activity in 2014. His lese majeste case was not filed by police following investigations.

Media commentary on Thanapol’s case:

Prachatai, 13 January 2016: “Military visits Same Sky Journal, asking about Yingluck calendar

Prachatai, 22 February 2011: Lèse majesté charges filed against Robert Amsterdam’s book”

RWB, 7 January 2008: “Information ministry asked to explain why website was closed without going to court”

Earth Times, 6 January 2008: “Popular Thai website closed down for anti-monarchy comments”

Prachatai, 5 January 2008: “Fah Diew Kan website shut down; lèse majesté alleged”

The Nation, 5 March 2007: “A searing indictment of the coup”

Asian Human Rights Commission, 31 March 2006: “THAILAND: Interior Minister bans magazine for publishing articles on Thai monarchy” and a related poste, here.

12 responses

21 02 2009
New: Defending lèse majesté « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Bangkok Pundit also points to the excellent unpublished paper by David Strekfuss and Thanapol Eawsakul, “Speaking the Unspeakable: Lèse-Majesté and the Monarchy in Thailand” (the latter […]

31 05 2009
New: Pridi websit « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the launch, Thanapol Eawsakul one of the sites developers, said that the the site would include a repository of documents. One of […]

4 12 2009
New: BBC, Handley, lese majeste and fear « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the Fa Diew Kan webboard does more than this and one of the figures associated with it – Thanapol Eawsakul – has been charged with lese majeste. Leithead says that it does sometime contain critical […]

11 05 2010
What we want you to believe « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Sulak Sivaraksa an academic and intellectual commentator and he has been charged several times. Thanapol Eawsakul edits Fah Diew Kan which is used and read by many academics. He currently faces two […]

19 09 2010
Updated: Lese majeste for the coup anniversary « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Library is now trying to contact the editor…”. A panel continues to investigate. This is not the first time that the magazine and its editor have been attacked using lese majeste […]

22 02 2011
The missing headline: Lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] unclear why Thanapol is included as he is not listed as the publisher of the book. Both Thaksin and Thanapol have faced earlier charges related to lese […]

11 05 2011
Thanapol on lese majeste

[…] against Thammasat University’s Somsak Jeamteerasakul will want to read this statement from Thanapol Eawsakul, the editor of Fa Diew Kan. The statement is available in Thai and has also been translated by ANU […]

12 01 2012
The Tragedy of King Bhumibol | ZENJOURNALIST

[…] in an interminable trial; lèse majesté charges have also been lodged against Somsak and Thanapol; and a complaint has been made […]

23 04 2012
13 08 2012
The Tragedy of King Bhumibol | ZENJOURNALIST MIRROR

[…] in an interminable trial; lèse majesté charges have also been lodged against Somsak and Thanapol; and a complaint has been made […]

5 12 2012
Lese majeste not forgotten « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Thanapol Eawsakul […]

5 12 2012
Lese majeste not forgotten « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Pruksakasemsuk, Suporn Atthawong, Suraphot Thawisak, Thaksin Shinawatra, Thanapol Bamrungsri, Thanapol Eawsakul, Thiranan Vipuchanun, Khatha Pachachirayapong, Somjet Itthiworakul, Thatsaporn Rattanawongsa, […]