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BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

BANGKOK: Thai authorities are investigating the BBC over a Thai-language profile of the nation's new king, officials said Wednesday, after the article outraged ultra-royalists in a country where criticism of the monarchy is outlawed. Thailand's harsh royal defamation law has been used to jail scores of critics and spawned a culture of self-censorship across the media, academia and the arts. Any member of the public can allege royal defamation and the police are duty bound to investigate. The BBC is now under…