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Thailand upset over Yale UP Book

PUBLISHED: February 3, 2006

Inside Higher Ed reports that Thailand, upset over a forthcoming critical biography of President Bhumibol Adulyadej, has blocked access in the country to Yale University Press’s website:

In Thailand, the assistant minister of information and communication technology, Kanawat Wasinsangworn, confirmed for the Associated Press that the Yale Press Web site had been blocked “following a request from the Royal Police Bureau, which deems the book is insulting to the king.”

The book, The King Never Smiles, is described on the press’s website as the story of “how a king widely seen as beneficent and apolitical could in fact be so deeply political, autocratic, and even brutal.”

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