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Thai PM: Lese majeste law needs review

Thai PM: Lese majeste law needs reviewFriday, March 06, 2009 By AMBIKA AHUJA, Associated Press WriterPrintBANGKOK —  Thai police arrested the webmaster of a popular online newspaper Friday after a reader posted a comment considered offensive to the monarchy. Just hours earlier, the prime minister said he would review the law designed to protect the royal family from criticism.Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would look into ways to amend the lese majeste law _ which prohibits insulting Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family _ to ensure clarity and fairness.Until recently, lese majeste prosecutions were uncommon, and the charge was mostly used for partisan political purposes as a means of smearing opponents.But in recent months, lese majeste complaints have been filed against a fledgling Australian novelist, a BBC correspondent, a prominent Buddhist intellectual and an activist who refused to stand during the playing of the Royal Anthem at a movie theater."The...

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