Sensitivity over criticism of the monarchy has increased in recent years as the poor health of 83-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej has elevated concern about a smooth succession. At the same time, sharp partisan political battles in the wake of a 2006 military coup have unleashed unprecedented questioning of established institutions, including the palace.

– Extracted from Grant Peck, “Thai Webmaster Gets 13 Years in Prison”, ABC News (via Associated Press), 15 March 2011.