BANGKOK – The local printer of the International New York Times has decided not to publish Tuesday's edition in Thailand because of an article on the future of the Thai monarchy that it called "too sensitive to print" in the country.
Thailand has strict lese majeste laws that constrain open discussion of the royal family. Criticism of the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The article discussed the declining health of 87-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej and concerns about his succession. It was published on the front page of the paper's Asia editions.
In an email sent to subscribers, the newspaper said the decision not to print the paper was made solely by the locally contracted printer in Thailand and was not endorsed by the International New York Times.