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    Writer jailed for 'insulting' Thai royals

    By Voice, Created on: 19/01/2009, Last updated on: 17/06/2009

    » Writer jailed for 'insulting' Thai royals Australian writer Harry Nicolaides is jailed for three years after being found guilty of insulting the Thai monarchy in his novel. Today news from the BBC, after heard the news I thought that maybe it time that maybe we should all discussing this kind of...

    • SARDINES commented : [quote="Chai.the.photoguy":1h6pnxio]...and it is odd isn't it, that I a westerner would say that. Please let me explain my position on this matter: Western values that we have been use to are based on the concept of total free speech - within certain parameters. When one travels to a more traditional culture and respect is something that is tied to ethnic traditions it is then that boundaries are created within respect to "free speech". Making remarks about the ///\\\ family is not tolerable. So we should accept that this is the norm. If we don't care to accept this tradition then we shouldn't be in Thailand or any other country for that matter. Follow the laws of the country or leave. Freedom of speech is a western value that is incompatible/limited with many traditional cultures around the world. Let us look a difference between Canada and the US: just an example of legal differences in respect to freedom of speech - For example in Canada it is illegal to make racist/homophobic statements in ANY media or press. In many US states it is perfectly legal to use such language.[/quote:1h6pnxio] Hello Chai, What about constructive critism of the institution or the family? Under the current mood in the country, this could easily be charged with LM law. Wasn't it our "father's" wise words during his birthday speech telling the people that he was "human" and able to make mistakes? That if he did make a mistake, constructive critism would be welcome. I don't believe in banning the LM law now but I do believe that it does need to be reviewed and clarified. Of course, in order for the people to feel "comfortable" this could be done with the instructions or consultation of "Father" as well. I feel sorry for father as his subjects keep arresting people and then father has to come back around and keep pardoning them. Something like he has to keep coming around and fix the mistakes his subjects continue to make... (or subjects keep abusing?). SARDINES

    • Chai.the.photoguy commented : [quote="SARDINES":2vjdqa78][quote="Chai.the.photoguy":2vjdqa78]...and it is odd isn't it, that I a westerner would say that. Please let me explain my position on this matter: Western values that we have been use to are based on the concept of total free speech - within certain parameters. When one travels to a more traditional culture and respect is something that is tied to ethnic traditions it is then that boundaries are created within respect to "free speech". Making remarks about the ///\\\ family is not tolerable. So we should accept that this is the norm. If we don't care to accept this tradition then we shouldn't be in Thailand or any other country for that matter. Follow the laws of the country or leave. Freedom of speech is a western value that is incompatible/limited with many traditional cultures around the world. Let us look a difference between Canada and the US: just an example of legal differences in respect to freedom of speech - For example in Canada it is illegal to make racist/homophobic statements in ANY media or press. In many US states it is perfectly legal to use such language.[/quote:2vjdqa78] Hello Chai, What about constructive critism of the institution or the family? Under the current mood in the country, this could easily be charged with LM law. Wasn't it our "father's" wise words during his birthday speech telling the people that he was "human" and able to make mistakes? That if he did make a mistake, constructive critism would be welcome. I don't believe in banning the LM law now but I do believe that it does need to be reviewed and clarified. Of course, in order for the people to feel "comfortable" this could be done with the instructions or consultation of "Father" as well. I feel sorry for father as his subjects keep arresting people and then father has to come back around and keep pardoning them. Something like he has to keep coming around and fix the mistakes his subjects continue to make... (or subjects keep abusing?). SARDINES[/quote:2vjdqa78] Yes I agree that the law must be clarified for EVERYONE. This is the nature of this country - nothing is clearly written in stone and very few things are ever enforced in law. LM law must be made clear for all to see. I've always steered clear of discussing politics and the |||||| family for my own safety. Seems to have worked pretty well.

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