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Economist Magazine Halts Distribution In Thailand Over Royal Story

One of the world's most popular English-language news publications will not be distributed in Thailand this week because of an article on the nation's monarchy.

In an email issued to subscribers, the UK-based magazine The Economist, said on Friday that due to the sensitive nature of the publication's coverage of the Thai monarchy, the March 20th edition will not be distributed in the South East Asian country. There were no indications that the online edition of The Economist would be affected.

The article in question examines concerns in Thailand over the question of potential royal succession and how it relates to recent political unrest in the country. The ruling monarch of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is 82 years old, and has been hospitalized since late last month.

Showing criticism or disrespect towards members of the royal family is a serious crime in Thailand.

Friday's self-censorship by The Economist marks the fourth time since late 2008 that the publication has been pulled from circulation in the Thai kingdom over a story about the nation's monarchy.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.