WikiLeaks: ABC Foreign Correspondent Video Report on Thailand

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This April 2010 video report was prepared by the Australian Broadcasting Commission or ABC. It covers Thailand’s most taboo topic, the King of Thailand and his successor Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. The video was met with outrage from the Royal Thai Embassy in Australia, who cited national security concerns Bangkokpost article after it aired on the state-funded TV station. This video is not available on the ABC NEWS website for viewing outside of Australia (i.e in Thailand).

The documentary covers from different angles the public perception of the monarchy, its role in Thailand, and its relation to Thai citizens. Past and present events are examined in order to shed light on the role and function of the monarchy within Thai society, as well as what might happen when King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies. Particular focus is given to how the government of Thailand handles dissent among its citizens and the fine line that people need to walk when openly criticizing the government or monarchy.

Suppressed video of Thai Crown Prince and Princess at Decadent Dog Party:

On September 19, 2009, the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, aged 81, was admitted to hospital. The heir apparent, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is poorly regarded in Thailand and the succession has clouded the brows of not only the Thai political elite, but the Thai people, who believe a period of substantial instability will follow the King’s death (the King remains in hospital at the time of writing).
In Thailand, criticism of the Royal family is aggressively suppressed though the country’s lese majeste laws. Censorship in the form of criminal sanctions, internet filtering, and economic, postal and other forms of censorship are all used to prevent just criticism.
This leaked home video, commissioned to document the birthday party of the Crown Prince’s dog, shows a decadent feast in celebration of the animal. It is attended by servants and the Crown Princess, who appears naked throughout, and who appears to be expected to act in a sycophantic manner.

The video spread underground among the well connected in Thailand earlier this year at which time extracts also appeared on a couple of non-Thai file sites, all of which, as far we can determine, have now been eliminated.

WikiLeaks ABC Foreign Correspondent Video



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