The young lawmaker who shatters Thailand’s deepest taboo

In a move never before attempted by any Thai politician, opposition MP Rangsiman Rome has proposed a “new deal” between the people and the monarchy to ensure that Thailand becomes a “real democratic constitutional monarchy”.   He said the deal could be reached through a new Constitution, written by an elected charter drafting assembly. A […]

 Thailand Takes Legal Action Against Facebook, Twitter

BANGKOK, Sept 25 (Bernama) — Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Ministry on Thursday filed complaints with cybercrime police against Facebook and Twitter for ignoring requests to take down content deemed illegal and materials critical of the monarchy. Minister of Digital Economy and Society Puttipong Punnakanta said the ministry had sent a warning to the two social media companies to take down […]

US Lawmaker ‘Adopts’ Jailed Vietnamese Journalist as Prisoner of Conscience

U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal announced on Friday that he has officially adopted Vietnamese journalist Nguyen Van Hoa, an RFA contributor jailed for seven years in Vietnam, as a prisoner of conscience under the Defending Freedoms Project, a project of the congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Under the project, U.S. lawmakers work to raise awareness […]

Supreme Court dismisses Thai firm’s copyright claim over “Ultraman”

Thailand’s Supreme Court’s Division for Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade has rejected an appeal by a Thai production house, claiming copyright over movies about Japan’s superhero Ultraman.   Mr. Sompo Saengduanchai, owner of Chaiyo Productions Company Limited, appealed the earlier decision of the Appeals Court, which ruled that Tsubaraya Productions Company Limited is the […]

AMLO is verifying reports of four Thai banks’ alleged role in suspicious transactions

Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) is in the process of verifying a report, by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), that four Thai banks have been involved in suspicious financial transactions, worth about 41.31 billion baht, over nearly two decades. Responding to the ICIJ report, AMLO Acting Secretary-General Pol Maj-Gen Preecha Charoensahayanont said today […]