Harry Nicolaides was an Australian expatriate living in Thailand who wrote a book called ‘Verisimilitude’ which contained a paragraph of precisely 103 words allegedly insulting the Crown Prince of Thailand.
103 words can do a great deal of damage if widely distributed, however, in an echo of the infamous Ehrenfeld case, there were only seven copies of the book ever sold. Indeed, there were only 50 copies of the book ever published, moreover, this was a work of ‘fiction’!
Harry has now been jailed in Thailand for six years, of which he must serve three, under the obscure Lèse majesté laws, which govern insults publicly expressed against the Royal Family.
To add a note of farce to this act of censorship, the excellent FACT web site which campaigns against censorship in Thailand, has been obliged to moderate comments on its web site for the first time. Quelle ironie!