The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission [official website] of Thailand on Thursday ordered Facebook Thailand [official website] to remove a video of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and other posts by Tuesday or face legal action. The video claims to show the king in casual dress showing his tattoos and walking with a woman. The video was deemed illicit by the NBTC and ordered removed [Bangkok Post reports] from the social media site. Facebook has said[VICE report] it plans to comply with the request.
Free speech rights around the globe are still contested. Chinese human rights lawyers Xie Yang and Li Heping were released [JURIST report] from prison Tuesday after being detained for nearly two years on charges of attempting to subvert the country’s ruling Communist Party. Ireland Health Minister Simon Harris said [JURIST report] Monday that the country’s blasphemy laws were “embarrassing” and called for their repeal. A Tunisian court sentenced [JURIST report] British DJ Dax J to a year in prison in April for public indecency and offending public morality after the artist played a remix of the Muslim call to prayer in a nightclu