Unfolding and unscrambling the Thai military junta’s policy advertorial

Originally published at Asian Correspondent on February 26, 2016 THAILAND’S military government has gone on the media offensive to promote its “reform roadmap” by planting paid advertisement supplements in Thai newspapers. But the published product is, in its own words, one giant “confusion trap”. It is an uphill struggle the Thai military has faced ever since it took over in the coup … More Unfolding and unscrambling the Thai military junta’s policy advertorial

Thai junta PM embarks on day-long rant after criticism of constitution draft

Originally published at Asian Correspondent on February 3, 2016 The Thai military government’s intolerance towards dissent is nothing new. But its reactions against criticisms of the newest constitution draft – over a single day, no less – is a renewed display of insecurity by the junta. Either you’re damned if you do or damned if you don’t. … More Thai junta PM embarks on day-long rant after criticism of constitution draft

Rajabhakti Park: The corruption case the Thai junta doesn’t want you to talk about

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 17, 2015 The ongoing controversy over alleged corruption at a military-sponsored park and other events to honor Thailand’s monarchy is becoming a big headache for the military government, as it struggles to uphold its own pledge of a ”clean” rule and instead cracks down on criticism. IT was supposed … More Rajabhakti Park: The corruption case the Thai junta doesn’t want you to talk about

Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 22, 2015 “We will not talk about this any more. If we say we won’t do it, we won’t do it,” said Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak at an economic forum in Bangkok last week. His decisive words were in response to the ongoing controversy over the Thai … More Despite denials, Thailand’s online surveillance plans are alive and well

Contradictions mount as Thai authorities hunt Bangkok bombing suspect

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 21, 2015 As the hunt for the main suspect in the Bangkok bomb attacks continues, Thai authorities are increasingly contradicting each other about the possible perpetrators. That’s par for the course, says Saksith Saiyasombut. “He doesn’t really look Thai,” a woman was heard saying Tuesday, looking at the grainy … More Contradictions mount as Thai authorities hunt Bangkok bombing suspect

Infographic: Thai junta leader to cut short ‘boring’ Friday night rants

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 1, 2015 As Thai military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha considers shortening his weekly TV addresses, we look how much air time he has already racked up. Every Friday evening, the dulcet tones of synthesized strings of a pop ballad ring in the program that has been a mainstay … More Infographic: Thai junta leader to cut short ‘boring’ Friday night rants

Compulsive loquaciousness: Thai junta PM goes off script at media gala dinner

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 30, 2015 Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s keynote speech at gala dinner in front of international media representatives is yet another example of the junta leader’s unpredictable talkativeness, while his understanding of the media differs greatly from the international audience he was talking to. Since seizing power almost a … More Compulsive loquaciousness: Thai junta PM goes off script at media gala dinner

Assuming absolute control: Thai military junta revokes martial law, but…

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 1, 2015 UPDATE [April 1, 2015]: Martial law has been officially lifted, according to a Royal Gazette statement televised (full PDF in Thai) on Wednesday evening at around 9.40pm local Bangkok time. As widely expected, Article 44 of the interim constitution is being referred to instead along with orders for … More Assuming absolute control: Thai military junta revokes martial law, but…

No laughing matter: Thai junta leader’s renewed threat to media

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 26, 2015 Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha this week warned that he has power to ‘execute’ critical reporters. Maybe this time he wasn’t joking, writes Saksith Saiyasombut THE allegations against the four men are severe: they are accused of being in connection to an alleged ”terrorism network” … More No laughing matter: Thai junta leader’s renewed threat to media

ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 19, 2015 Thailand’s overzealous cultural watchdogs made international headlines again this week, and as usual for entirely the wrong reasons. This time, they have targeted yet another apparent online phenomenon: Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting ‘selfie’ photos of the lower half of their breasts – … More ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies