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

Thailand: Uniform protest student accused of insulting monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 17, 2013 On Monday we reported on the Thammasat University student and her provocative poster campaign against student uniforms. Now, the controversial student known as “Aum Neko” is facing more trouble: A TV show host has accused the student known for her campaign against mandatory uniform wearing of… More Thailand: Uniform protest student accused of insulting monarchy

Thai TV shows on-screen murder and utter lack of ethical priorities

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 9, 2013 The broadcast of CCTV footage of a murder on Thai television again raises questions about media ethics in Thailand, especially considering what they have censored instead. The footage shows a quiet evening in the office of a car repair shop in Chon Buri descending into violence… More Thai TV shows on-screen murder and utter lack of ethical priorities

Thai TV station red-faced after Thatcher-Streep gaffe

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 9, 2013 Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away on Monday at the age of 87 and with the passing of a historical figure like her, the mechanisms of the media go into full swing as her political legacies are discussed with either passion or loathing (while… More Thai TV station red-faced after Thatcher-Streep gaffe

After the Thai TV monarchy debate, controversy is growing

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 22, 2013 A Thai TV program discussing the role of the monarchy has sparked growing controversy, with reactionary voices sparking a police investigation. The public broadcaster ThaiPBS aired a week-long special of its interview and  discussion program “Tob Jote Prathet Thai” (“ตอบโจทย์ประเทศไทย”, roughly translated to “Answering Thailand’s Issues”) about the… More After the Thai TV monarchy debate, controversy is growing

No country for bold stances: Thai TV station cancels royalty debate

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 19, 2013 For the second time this year, a television program was forced off the air in Thailand due to the perceived politically controversial content. However, this episode is much more than just a cancelled show – it was a test on how much it was possible to… More No country for bold stances: Thai TV station cancels royalty debate

Thai army ordered to stand down after bullying yellow shirt paper

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 14, 2013 This past weekend, around 40-50 military officers suddenly showed up in front of the building of ASTV-Manager protesting the paper’s harsh criticism of the army and the ‘slandering’ of their armed forces chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha. The soldiers from the 1st army region assembled on Friday… More Thai army ordered to stand down after bullying yellow shirt paper

Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 29, 2012 This is the second and final part of the Siam Voices year-in-review. Yesterday in part 1, we looked at the year of prime minister’s government, that of the opposition and the prevailing impunity over the 2010 crackdown. Lese majeste: Cowardice in the face of first victim… More Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)

Thai Mental Health Dept: ‘No more than 2 hours of political news to avoid stress’

By Saksith Saiyasombut On the Friday the 13th, when the Constitutional Court was about to deliver the verdict against the Thai government and their proposals to amend the constitution that was feared to throw the country into yet another political crisis, the Mental Health Department of the Public Health Ministry recommended all Thais “not to follow political news for… More Thai Mental Health Dept: ‘No more than 2 hours of political news to avoid stress’

On ‘100% Thai manliness’ and the reality of LBGT in Thailand

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 7, 2012 On Wednesday, a rather confusing headline made the rounds when a Thai actor told that the country’s Ministry of Culture (or as we call it here “ThaiMiniCult”) ordered TV executives to ensure that “100 per cent male” actors should not play transgender roles on TV. Naturally,… More On ‘100% Thai manliness’ and the reality of LBGT in Thailand