Thailand jails man for 50 years over insult

Q: A court in Thailand has sentenced a man to 50 years in prison over his Facebook posts that were ruled as insulting to the nation’s monarchy. It was the harshest penalty ever imposed under Thailand’s notorious lese-majesty law. Where is Thailand on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia?

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Q: Lese-majesty is the criminal defamation of a head of state – a king or president – or the state itself. Which of Thailand’s Indochina Peninsula neighbors jailed a noodle vendor for five years after he made fun of a government official?

A. Cambodia

B. Laos

C. Myanmar

D. Vietnam

Q: Like medieval kings doling out punishment to anyone who didn’t show them proper respect, modern autocrats are often capricious. In which country was “half-heartedly clapping” the nation’s leader listed among someone’s crimes?

A. Belarus

B. Iran

C. North Korea

D. Russia

Q: Some nations have laws against insulting foreign heads of state. Germany removed its law after which nation asked it to prosecute a German comedian?

A. Poland

B. Turkey

C. Ukraine

D. United States

Q: Has the United States ever had a law to stop criticism of the president?

A. Yes

B. No

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