royal defamation law
21 Feb 2024
A lecturer at Thammasat University has been indicted under the royal defamation law and the Computer-Related Crime Act after he was allegedly involved in a May 2021 Twitter post related to a rumour about the King. He was later granted bail with the condition that he is not allowed to travel abroad unless granted permission.
15 Feb 2024
A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for 12 Facebook posts. The sentence was reduced to 12 years and 72 months without parole.
31 Jan 2024
A man has been sentenced to 4 years and 24 months in prison without parole for violating the royal defamation law and the Computer Crimes Act after he posted on Facebook about the King and the Queen’s popularity and the King’s trips to Germany.
30 Jan 2024
A TikTok user has been sentenced to three years in prison for her video clip criticising the Thai government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. The sentence was later reduced to one year and six months with a two-year parole.
20 Jan 2024
A 21-year-old activist has been arrested for royal defamation over a social media post of a picture of a man holding 2 pieces of paper with offensive messages in front of a picture of the King and Queen. He was later granted bail.
16 Jan 2024
Protests took place last week in Chiang Mai’s old town to show support for detained human rights lawyer Anon Nampa and demand the release of activists and protesters detained on charges relating to political expression.
9 Jan 2024
A Thai cartoonist has been charged with royal defamation for royal caricatures posted on a Facebook page.
3 Jan 2024
Facing royal defamation charges for singing a modified version of the royal anthem at a protest in January 2021, Chaiamorn “Ammy” Kaewwiboonpan, lead singer of The Bottom Blues pop band, was recently acquitted. However, another activist charged because of the protest, Promsorn, was sentenced to 2 years in prison without parole before being granted bail.
13 Dec 2023
Move Forward Party MP Rukchanok "Ice" Srinork has been sentenced to 6 years in prison on a royal defamation charge over two tweets about a COVID-19 vaccine monopoly and the monarchy in 2021. The court later granted her bail to appeal. She will not lose her seat in parliament and can continue to perform her parliamentary duties as an MP.
9 Dec 2023
Former protest leader Shinawat Chankrajang has been sentenced to prison for royal defamation following a protest demanding the right to bail for political detainees. The court later suspended the sentence for two years and imposed a probation order.
6 Dec 2023
A 51-year-old man has recently been found detained in Bangkok Remand Prison since 2020 after being found guilty of royal defamation.
30 Oct 2023
Student activist Benja Apan has been sentenced to prison with a two-year suspension for a royal defamation charge resulting from a speech she gave during a protest on 10 August 2021.