Journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall risks career to reveal truth about Thailand

July 7, 2011

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Thais honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej, hospitalized for pneumonia in 2009. He is the longest reigning monarch in Thai history.

Last weekend, Thailand held national elections. The results may heighten the nation’s political instability. But to understand exactly how, it's necessary to know the role of Thailand’s monarchy. It's complicated because in Thailand, criticizing the royal family is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

After nearly two decades with Reuters, journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall wanted to write about Wikileaks cables that shed light on the true nature of Thailand’s monarchy. He tells us why he felt compelled to quit his job in order to reveal the truth.