Sitting here at the National Thai Studies Centre’s 2009 Thai Update I am struck by the news that two Thai citizens have been charged with “feeding untrue information through a computer system which undermined the security of the nation”. They have been accused of spreading rumours about the king’s health. Apparently a translation of a Bloomberg article is at the heart of this case. The accused are named Teeranun Wipuchanan (р╕Шр╕╡р╕гр╕Щр╕▒р╕Щр╕Хр╣М р╕зр╕┤р╕ар╕╣р╕Кр╕Щр╕▒р╕Щр╕Шр╣М) and Kata Pajajariyapong (р╕Др╕Шр╕▓ р╕Ыр╕▓р╕Ир╕▓р╕Ир╕┤р╕гр╕┤р╕вр╕░р╕Юр╕Зр╕йр╣М). New Mandala will, of course, be folowing their case closely. And I will, for good measure, be mentioning their case and discussing its implications during my Thai Update presentation later this morning.