Lèse majesté! Thai Army chief censors our King-Bangkok Post

May 23, 2012

[CJ Hinke of FACT comments: This is the perfect example of what’s wrong with censorship. This BBC documentary is composed of three hours of interviewing Nai Luang in his best days as king. But the generals obviously think Thais are too stupid to watch it. The military is censoring our king! If that’s not lèse majesté, what is?!? Incidentally, the doco was recently screened by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand with no apparent damage to the monarchy. And, yes, the King discusses the death of King Ananda. The BBC film is available to watch or download on Youtube with links, some with Thai titles, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-69TxgO6hc&feature=related.]

Army asks to use BBC royal documentary

Wassana Nanuam

Bangkok Post: May 17, 2012


The army will ask the British Broadcasting Corporation to allow the broadcasting of an edited version of a documentary about Their Majesties the King and Queen which it aired 32 years ago, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said.

Once granted permission, the army plans to edit the three-hour documentary titled Soul of a Nation, filmed by the BBC between 1978 and 1979, and broadcast in 1980, down to 20 minutes, according to an army source.

Gen Prayuth said the part taken from the BBC would be featured in a documentary being produced by the army.

The edited portion contains interviews given by Their Majesties to the BBC filming crew who followed the King and Queen on their visits upcountry to inspect development projects.


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