Book publishers identified for controversy raided by Bangkok police

Just in time for the National Book Fair coming to Bangkok, police this morning rated a Bangkok guide publisher recognized for issuing materials towards the grain of regular Thai society. Fa Diew Kan, which interprets to “Same Sky”, was raided at about 10:30 this morning by around 30 police officers.
The officers got here with a warrant to search for books “about the monarchy and Thai society” and proceeded to look the e-book publishers workplaces within the Rattanthibet space of the Greater Bangkok suburb province of Nonthaburi. In an announcement launched by the publishers, they stated that the computer and cell phone of the editor and co-founder have been confiscated along with different digital equipment.
Replicate -book publishers have gained reputation publishing journals that include commentary, evaluation, and deep dialogue about Thai life, including politics, without shying away from the subject of the monarchy or censoring important opinions.
One of their earlier publications, The Monarchy and Thai Society by Arnon Nampa, a lawyer and activist but been jailed for protesting the government, earned the book publishers another police raid last March where the authority seized copies of the guide and vowed to look them totally for anti-monarchy content material.
Fa Diew Kan has a protracted history of butting heads with authorities although, with those two raids being only the newest in a string of clashes dating back to the early days of the military coup that took energy in 2014 and nonetheless holds it right now. The co-founder was hauled in for questioning repeatedly and even detained a quantity of occasions shortly after the coup when the army junta attempted to prosecute anybody who criticized them.
The guide publishers additionally face legal battles final 12 months over two books that they’d produced where the company was accused of disseminating false info and slander. The books were based on a doctoral thesis relating to chilly war-era politics by recognized educational Nattapol Chaiching..

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