It has been a tumultuous week for TV political talk show host Pinyo Trisuriyadhamma. His intention of bringing the sensitive discussion on the constitutional monarchy to the open realm of rational public debate landed him in hot water. The last instalment of the five-part TV series was first cancelled after a protest by a group of royalists, and was aired three days later amid divisions in public opinion which also hurt the credibility of Thai PBS.
What followed showed that the discussion about the monarchy in Thailand remains politically explosive and that media self-censorship is still the norm. Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha made clear his dissatisfaction with the programme, declaring anyone who wants to question the monarchy should leave the country.
The police are now investigating if people involved in the Tob Jote TV show broke the lese majeste law.
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