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Before it gets banned…

December 20, 2010

Patrick Jory, Adjunct Professor, Ohio University,  reviews Streckfuss’s “Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason and Lèse-Majesté” (New Mandala)

David Streckfuss, through his brilliant book, reminds us how important it is to ask questions and seek answers, an uneasy task in Thailand, where any semblance of truth is marginalized and trivialized.

But then Streckfuss was able to discuss the same topic on pages of Bangkok Post back in 2007 , and here is hoping that beauty and reason of academic debate will prevail over deceit and irrational hate spawned about by certain sections of Thai media and security agencies nowadays.

Hopefully, his extensive study of  Lèse majesté will be translated to Thai – an uneasy task in itself – and thus made available to a wider Thai audience…before it gets banned…


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