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    Thai woman faces jail term for criticising monarchy

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    A Thai woman is facing 20 years in jail for comments posted online criticising the Thai king, who is revered as God in the Southeast Asian country.

    Earlier this month, an elderly man died less than six months into a 20-year prison sentence for sending four text messages that were deemed insulting to the Thai monarchy.

    The death of Amphon Tangnoppakul, also known as "Uncle SMS", has shone a light on the country's strict lese majeste laws, legal stipulations which criminalise the violation of the royal family and which were designed to prevent criticism of them.

    Yingluck Shinawtra, the Thai prime minister, has admitted to Al Jazeera that the law is sometimes misused, while a growing portion of the public is now calling for it to be changed.

    Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.