Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thai Government Cracking Down on Speech

Thai authorities have jailed blogger Suwicha Thakhor for violating the lese-majeste law that ordains that the monarch "shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated." In a great statement of libertarian principles, the jailed Thakhor said:

We have to be able to think freely...they cannot stop ideas by sending people to jail.

The academic community has come to the side of those pushing for greater civil liberties in the Southeast Asian state. As the Bloomberg article notes:

More than 50 international scholars, including some from Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities, wrote to [Prime Minister] Abhisit this month saying “recent legal actions” under the lese-majeste law “led to the deterioration of basic civil liberties.” They urged the dropping of all cases and said enforcement of the law had led to “heightened criticism of the monarchy and Thailand itself, both inside and outside the country."

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