Joe Gordon, released from a Thai prison
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Thailand's king pardons US man

An American citizen who was jailed for insulting the Thai king before receiving a royal pardon and being released, has told the BBC the law that he violated is obsolete and needs changing.

An American citizen who was jailed for insulting the Thai king has told the BBC the law that he violated is obsolete and needs changing.

Joe Gordon from Colorado spent more than six months in prison for posting links to a critical biography of the Thai king online.

When he visited Thailand he was then arrested under laws that forbid any criticism of the Thai royal family.

He received a royal pardon while in jail and is flying back to the US on Thursday.

Jonah Fisher reports from Bangkok.

  • 08 Nov
  • From the section Asia