Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Nation Commits a Crime by Attacking Bush (Same Same as Lese Majeste but Different)

The Nation

It was pathetic watching outgoing US President George W Bush's last press conference the other day in Washington. It was sad that the world's most powerful leader did not even know himself and what he has done over the past eight years. He literally messed up the United States and the world. Of course, he could have done better, a lot better, if he was a little bit more humble. Throughout the press interview, his body language told the whole story of his troubled presidency. Bush tried to be at ease with the journalists but he could not hide the fact that he is a failed president.

Here are the clauses in Thai penal code:

In Section 134 the Penal Code also stipulates a penalty if an offence is committed against the monarch or a leader of another nation:

Section 133. Whoever defames, insult or threatens the Sovereign, his Queen or her Consort, Heir-apparent, or Head of a foreign state shall be punishable with imprisonment of one to seven years or fine of two thousand to fourteen thousand baht or both.

Section 134. Whoever defames, insults, or threatens a foreign Representative accredited to the Royal Court shall be punished with imprisonment of six months to five years or fine of one thousand baht or both.

I don't care if The Nation criticizes George Bush, Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, or the the Pope, but just wanted to demonstrate the hypocrisy of The Nation, for one, and the stupidity of this law.

I doubt you will be seeing any opinion pieces in The Nation, or anywhere else for that matter, crying about American exceptionalism and how nobody understand the US over this editorial.

1 comment:

A.F. Bangkok said...

Unless there's another clause not given here, Section 134 would seem to be intended to apply to Ambassadors only owing to the specific reference to accreditation.