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Careful, Thailand; Pyongyang might get jealous.

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Just another example of the sleazy Thai government. The place is a cesspit. A beautiful cesspit though, no denying its beauty.

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The BBC are not going to kow tow to Thailand's antiquated lese-majiste laws.

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I have twice turned down the opportunity to visit Thailand, with lèse-majesté being one of the main reasons.

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I guess JT will be next just for reporting on this?

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King Maha's pad Thai is limp.

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The truth hurts. Unlike pops, junior does not enjoy the respect of the nation and will not reign into his nineties.

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I can see why they would want to censor the media when it comes to the Royal family in Thailand, one look at that photo of the new king prancing around in a bra vest would turn the staunchest Royalist into a Republican

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the third picture is quite disturbing

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The UK theoretically still knows the death penalty for influencing the succession to the throne. Anyway in most countries insulting the head of state or insignia is punished.

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“If anything is illegal we must prosecute accordingly without exception,” he told reporters.

Umm, there's quite a bit of things going on in nightclubs in Thailand that seem more serious than this. Are the coppers out prosecuting on those?

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I remember "The King never smiles' being banned in Thailand and hoped this type of censorship was something of the past with the new king but it seems they aren't quite there yet.

@performingmonkey, although i respect your strong ethics, it also means your potential travel destinations are few and far between?! (if any).

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Anyway in most countries insulting the head of state or insignia is punished.

Most countries? Getting jailed for being critical of the heads of state of Thailand, North Korea and Zimbabwe is well known.. What are the other countries?

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Flag burning used to be a no-no in the USA... which is kind of equivalent.

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Prostrate cancer. (no typo)

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Looking at the third photo you have to ask yourself why would these guys act so servile? It's demeaning. A bow of respect is common where you have royalty, but this... yikes.

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The interior looks very westernized.

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Embarrassing those officials getting squiffy like that on a formal occasion. And in front of the cameras, too!

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Not a fan of lese majeste laws, but its sad to see foreign guys slam Thailand and its people after a bad sex tour outting. Those of us who stick to the sun and sand know Thailand for how wonderful it is.

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Just glad Trump won't be the next king of Thailand or else the folks on SNL would be out of work before they could say "Your MAJESTY!".

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I would like to see Duturte visit Thailand. Let's see if he gets out alive..

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Toshiyori, you mention how other countries would not do this, but Trump is threatening today to cancel citizenship or send people to prison for flag burning.

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Typical Brits ignorant of other cultures.

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Thailand does indeed has this bogus royal anti-defamation law. And yeah, the new King is a jerk that no one likes over there. However, I just wish the BBC was a little bit more critical of their own British Monarchy. They've been known to practice self-censorship on that subject as well.

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threatening today to cancel citizenship or send people to prison for flag burning.

Trump tweeted "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag -- if they do, there must be consequences -- perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" Wishful thinking on his part. It's not gonna happen. Two Supreme Court decisions have ruled that flag burning is a form of free speech. It's extremely unlikely that flag burning or bad mouthing the President would ever result in jail time and surely it would never result in loss of citizenship. (Frankly, I don't like seeing our flag burned, but I wouldn't want to see someone jailed for doing it.)

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“We are confident that this article adheres to the BBC’s editorial principles,”

And what about Thai principles?! Nobody gives a damn about the BBC's (a foreign state controlled media outlet). Their arrogance is going to end up getting their own reporters thrown in jail.

Trump is threatening today to cancel citizenship or send people to prison for flag burning.

Hillary also wanted flag burners thrown in jail for a year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Protection_Act_of_2005

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