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

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” … Continue reading 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 – … Continue reading ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

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 … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading 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? … Continue reading Upcoming FCCT panel to feature Thai political heavyweights – if the junta allows it…