Tongue-Thai’ed! – When human rights are too “extreme”

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 4, 2015 This is part XXX of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. It is hard to deny that the human rights situation in Thailand has sharply deteriorated … More Tongue-Thai’ed! – When human rights are too “extreme”

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 26, 2015 In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we chronicle the criticism against and the defense for the controversial bills – and what’s behind the military junta’s motivation to push these into law. In the past two weeks we have … More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 25, 2015 Thailand’s courts are continuing to jail people under the lèse majesté law, as two young students have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for allegedly insulting the monarchy in a theater play. The conviction shows yet again the draconian law is still thriving … More Thai court jails theater activists for lese majeste

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 25, 2015 In the fourth part of our series examining Thailand’s new and controversial cyber laws, we look at the impact it can have on business – and it doesn’t necessarily look very profitable. In the last couple of instalments of this series, we have highlighted the pitfalls, … More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

Upcoming FCCT panel to feature Thai political heavyweights – if the junta allows it…

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 24, 2015 The Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) has just announced this upcoming panel discussion in March. The Future of Politics in Thailand 7pm, Wednesday March 11, 2015 Non-members: 350 Baht entry; Members: Free entry What kind if future does the military’s reform programme promise for Thailand? … More Upcoming FCCT panel to feature Thai political heavyweights – if the junta allows it…

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 3: Far-reaching cyber snooping

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 20, 2015 In this part in our series examining the Thai military government’s new cyber laws, we look at the most controversial bill among the eight drafts: The Cyber Security Bill. Any government nowadays has to adapt its laws and at the same to keep it up to … More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 3: Far-reaching cyber snooping

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 2: Changes to the Computer Crime Act

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 17, 2015 With the passing of eight new draft bills under the banner of “Digital Economy” by the Thai junta cabinet and awaiting approval by the ersatz-parliament, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the main focus of criticism is aimed at the cyber security bill and the amendments to … More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 2: Changes to the Computer Crime Act

Thailand’s new (and controversial) cyber laws – Part 1: Introduction

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 10, 2015 The Thai military government has greenlit a large batch of draft laws that aim to pave the way for the digitization of governance and state business. However, they also come with a slew of strengthened cyber surveillance and censorship upgrades for the authorities.  The year was … More Thailand’s new (and controversial) cyber laws – Part 1: Introduction

Tongue-Thai’ed! – Tough week for Prayuth ends in another tirade

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 30, 2015 This is part XXIX of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, an ongoing series where we collect the most baffling, ridiculous, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures. Check out all past entries here. It’s been quite an eventful week in Thailand and a challenging one for the military … More Tongue-Thai’ed! – Tough week for Prayuth ends in another tirade

Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 29, 2015 Frankly speaking, I did not expect to be writing about this topic so quickly following my blog post from yesterday, but here I am again further musing on the delicate art of international diplomacy. What happened on Wednesday morning though can be regarded as an escalation … More Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence