A Kingdom in Crisis book banned

The Royal Thai Police has banned the import and distribution of the book " A Kingdom in Crisis" after considering its contents a threat to national security and defaming the monarchy.

The ban was published in the Royal Gazette  Wednesday.

Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Somyot Pumphanmuang invoked the 2007 Printing Act to ban the import and distribution of the book in Thailand.

The book was written by Scottish journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

The ban was based on  two articles reviewing the book and were printed in two overseas newspapers.

One review was made  by David Eimer and appeared in the online edition of the South China Morning Post on October 4, and the other by Andre Buncombe and appeared in the online edition of UK newspaper ‘The Independent’  on October 8.

Pol Gen Somyot said in the  order that the two articles showed that the book insulted and fomented hatred of Their Majesties the King and the Queen, the heir to the throne or a regent, and affected national security, peace and public morality.

Violation of the ban is liable to a prison term of up to three years and/or a fine of up to 60,000 baht.

He also ordered the seizure and destruction of copies of the book in the kingdom.