academic freedom

20 Jul 2023
A new book edited by Thai academic in exile Pavin Chachavalpongpun has been banned in Thailand ahead of its October 2023 release for being insulting to the monarchy and damaging national security.
26 Jun 2023
A defamation lawsuit filed against political scientist Kullada Kesboonchoo Mead by descendants of Rangsit Prayurasakdi, Prince of Chai Nat, over a PhD thesis and books written by Kullada’s former advisee, Nattapol Chaiching, has been dropped. Meanwhile, the Rangsit clan is to proceed with its lawsuits against Nattapol and his publisher Same Sky Books.
9 Nov 2022
The former dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, has filed a trespassing charge against two lecturers and a student for taking over the university art centre in October 2021 after the Faculty and the university administration prohibited them from showing their final theses, some of which dealt with social and political themes.
4 Nov 2022
An artists’ and academics’ network has launched a campaign calling for support for freedom of expression in art and academia, after art critic Pearamon Tulavardhana was sued for defamation by a Chiang Mai University lecturer whose work was part of an exhibition she criticized.
1 Sep 2022
After it was disclosed that an investigation report into allegations that historian Nattapol Chaiching falsified information in his PhD thesis may itself contain falsehoods, political scientist Kullada Kesboonchoo Mead has published an open letter to the Chulalongkorn University Council, calling on it to reject the report.
14 Jun 2022
A lawsuit has been filed in response to the decision of a Chulalongkorn University (CU) executive to not reimburse the cost of producing a student magazine commemorating the life and work of Jit Phumisak, a renowned left-wing intellectual and former CU alumni.
27 Feb 2022
On 18 February, Chulalongkorn University (CU) vice rector Chaiyaporn Puprasert issued a letter announcing disciplinary action against Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal and Pitchakorn Roeksomphong, the president and first vice president of the CU student government.  The action included removing Netiwit office.
25 Jan 2022
Police officers raided the 1932 People Space library at Wat Tong Noppakun in Khlong San on Sunday (23 January 2022) and seized a book and other objects before returning them, claiming that an officer took the book to give to his son.
21 Jan 2022
Officers from Rattanathibet Police Station and the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) raided the office of Same Sky Books, a publisher known for its works on Thai politics, yesterday (20 January 2022) and seized its editor’s computer and mobile phone.
18 Dec 2021
A new report published by Scholars at Risk (SAR) found that students in Thailand who criticize the monarchy and demand democratic reforms face legal prosecution and state violence, while academic research regarding the monarchy is met with lawsuits and investigations, eroding academic freedom in the country.
11 Nov 2021
The Civil Court said on Tuesday (9 November) that it will issue a ruling on 30 November in a lawsuit filed against historian Nattapol Chaiching and his publisher, Same Sky Books for producing two books based on Nattapol’s PhD thesis about Thai politics during the Cold War period.
6 Nov 2021
The Chiang Mai Administrative Court ruled in favour of students from the Media Arts and Design Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, who filed for a temporary injunction on 18 October after the University administration prohibited them from showing their final theses in the University Art Centre because some pieces dealt with social and political themes.


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