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

Tongue-Thai’ed!: The 3 most ludicrous things said in Thailand this week

Originally published at Siam Voices on October 3, 2014 This is part XXV, XXVI and XXVII 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 a while since this section has graced this blog and … More Tongue-Thai’ed!: The 3 most ludicrous things said in Thailand this week

Thai media’s early naming of Koh Tao murder victims a serious breach of ethics

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 15, 2014 Two British tourists were found dead on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao on Monday morning. Local police say that their bodies were naked, with severe wounds to their heads and a blood-stained hoe was found next to them on a rocky beach. The victims are believed … More Thai media’s early naming of Koh Tao murder victims a serious breach of ethics

Thai court renders emergency decree meaningless, limits officials’ powers

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 20, 2014 The Thai Civil Court yesterday ruled to sharply limit the authorities’ powers to deal with the ongoing anti-government protests, while maintaining the state of emergency which was declared last month amidst increasing violent incidents. The case was filed to the court by Mr. Thaworn Senniam, a core … More Thai court renders emergency decree meaningless, limits officials’ powers

Thai govt declares state of emergency as political crisis deepens

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 22, 2014 The political standoff took a new twist Tuesday when the Thai government’s declared state of emergency to counter the ongoing anti-election protests. With additional developments in the background, the wheels in this political crisis are about to spin faster. With the mass anti-election protesters’ campaign to … More Thai govt declares state of emergency as political crisis deepens

Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 12, 2013 Thailand’s authorities are openly resorting to scare tactics to curb online discussions of politics after the summoning of several users for posting coup rumors on Facebook and a dumbfoundingly revealing interview with an official admitting his division’s use of said methods. The debate of the amnesty … More Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

Thai media names British gang-rape victim, raises serious ethical issues

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 20, 2013 The decision to publish the full name and personal documents of a Scottish student who was gang raped in the southern Thai city of Nakhon Si Thammarat raises serious questions about ethics in Thai media when it comes to reporting crimes. Reports of the incident emerged in … More Thai media names British gang-rape victim, raises serious ethical issues

Thailand: Abhisit, Suthep charged with murder over 2010 crackdown

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 7, 2012 Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has said it will charge former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and then deputy prime minister Suthep Thuagsuban with premeditated murder for their involvement in the death of a taxi driver during the crackdown on the anti-government red shirt protests in May … More Thailand: Abhisit, Suthep charged with murder over 2010 crackdown

Thai Tourist Police launch iPhone app… in Thai

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 15, 2011 In an effort to keep up with the times, many Thai agencies and state organizations are releasing smartphone apps. Plenty of those are handy tourist guides. Now Thailand’s Tourist Police have released a free app as well and the description sounds pretty good… The purpose of … More Thai Tourist Police launch iPhone app… in Thai