31 Mar '18, 6am

Thai magazine sued for 'blasphemous' painting of ancient kings

BANGKOK (AFP) - The governor of Thailand's Chiang Mai province has sued a local magazine for posting a "blasphemous" painting on Facebook of ancient kings wearing pollution masks as part of a campaign to protest the city's hazardous smog. All matters touching on the monarchy are highly sensitive in Thailand, a country where kings have been worshipped as near deities and are protected by one of the world's harshest royal defamation laws. The broadly-interpreted crime of lese majeste - which can carry decades-long sentences - has cemented a culture of self-censorship across the kingdom's academic, media and arts circles when it comes to royal affairs. The risks of testing those boundaries were on display on Friday (March 30) when an English-language magazine faced legal action for posting an image on social media of three statues of ancient kings - a Chiang Mai landmark - in...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-magazine-su...

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