Anti-coup book banned for… “lese-majeste”

More it changes, more it doesn’t change… Another -fresh- example of censorship…

Bangkok Metropolitan Police, acting under an appeal from the Special Branch to investigate my book, have issued a letter to the Thamasart bookshop banning the sale of “A Coup for the Rich”.

According to the letter, dated 18 January 2008, the book is currently under investigation concerning charges of lèse majesté.

The letter, signed by deputy police chief Chutti Tamanowanij, states that the continued sale of the book risks creating a “misunderstanding” about the Monarchy among the Thai population (info given by New Mandala).

That’s the way it goes in Thailand : the police bans a book, stating “risks“, before to complete an investigation, and without any decision from a court. There won’t be any follow up. It’s just the “fait du prince”.

Hopefully, the author has decided to publish his book on Internet, in english, for free (PDF file here).

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