Lèse majesté is a topic that I have often written about on this blog. A post I wrote about David Streckfuss and lese majeste is also one of the most frequently read posts on this blog. David is one of the foremost experts on this topic which many people are afraid to even discuss. His opinions are authoritative and he has recently published a new book. I haven't had the chance to read Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté (Rethinking Southeast Asia) yet, but C.J. Hinke at FACT has written a review of the book. He writes:
David Streckfuss, a human rights expert on Thai political and cultural history, finds that the heart of the longstanding and ongoing lèse majesté debate rests in the country’s defamation law. This truism concerns not only academics who are constrained from speaking freely but also ordinary citizens.
Truth on Trial in Thailand details a 110-year trajectory of lèse majestéprosecutions, “sedition and treason, the press and cinema, anti-communism, contempt of court”, and libel since 1900. This censorship centres on the legal and cultural concept min phraboromdechanuphap––หมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ.