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  • Calling all bloggers and writers

    By Sep 21, 2014

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    Calling all bloggers and writers

    After four successful years, Siam Voices is looking to expand its writing team. We’re interested in hearing from journalists, bloggers and writers with a keen interest in current Thai affairs and a love of social media.

  • Thai PM apologizes for ‘bikini’ remark after Koh Tao murders

    By Sep 18, 2014

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    Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks Pic: AP.

    Following widespread outrage and condemnation after his flippant remark in the aftermath of the murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao, Thai military junta leader and Prime Minister Gerneral Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologized for suggesting that the behavior of the victims is to be blamed for the crime and

  • Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

    By Sep 18, 2014

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    Pic: AP.

    Thailand’s ruling military junta is further tightening its grip on the public discourse by heightening its censorship measures, going as far as reportedly implementing widespread surveillance of Thai Internet users. The new measure seeks to crush criticism at the military government and  to crack down on anything that is deemed insulting to the royal institution – also known as lèse majesté.

  • Thai PM after Koh Tao murders: ‘Can tourists be safe in bikinis?’

    By Sep 17, 2014

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    Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

    The murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao has raised questions about tourist safety in Thailand. Hannah Witheridge (23) and David Miller (24) were found dead on Monday morning half-naked and with severe wounds to their heads.

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

    By Sep 15, 2014

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    Thai officers walk near the bodies of two British tourists after their bodies were found on a beach in Koh Tao last month. Pic: AP.

    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 to be a 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. The UK Foreign Service is “urgently” investigating and there were unconfirmed reports that the island was temporarily put on a ‘lockdown’.

  • 7 observations about Thailand’s new, junta-picked cabinet

    By Sep 01, 2014

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    Thai coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

    One hundred days after Thailand’s military launched a coup and toppled the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the establishment of an interim constitution, a so-called “National Legislative Assembly” (NLA) and its appointment of army chief and Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, Thailand now has an interim cabinet. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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