The ABC has reported that Harry Nicolaides, the Australian writer jailed for insulting the Thai royal family has been recommended for a King’s pardon. That’s good news, but Harry’s not free yet.
Meanwhile, for another good source of material about censorship in Thailand, try FACT.
You might also be interested in this story about a British author who has been banned from appearing at a literary festival in Dubai. Her book apparently contains references to homosexuality and was deemed by the organisers as too controversial.
British author Geraldine Bedell says her upcoming book has been banned in the United Arab Emirates, and she was dropped from a literary festival in Dubai because her novel contains references to homosexuality and was deemed critical of Islam.
Bedell, a journalist with the Observer newspaper, said she had been in talks with the organizers of the first International Festival of Literature in Dubai about launching The Gulf Between Us, which is set in the Gulf region
It’s a worry that this stuff is going on today, I guess it always has, but we have to keep reminding ourselves that Enlightenment is only skin deep in some parts of the world.