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In Thailand, A Vigorous Crackdown On The King’s Critics

In recent years, authorities in Thailand have increasingly applied an antiquated lèse-majesté law to silence critics of authorities. On Friday, a dual U.S./Thai citizen became the latest person arrested for allegedly insulting the country’s ailing king.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Arnaud Dubus

BANGKOK – If you listen to what Thailand's military leaders are saying, the Thai monarchy is under a state of siege necessitating emergency measures.

A special department of the army has been put in charge of monitoring local radio programs and websites to detect "any slanderous or libelous contents against the monarchy." And hundreds of volunteers have been recruited to "patrol" the Internet.

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