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  • The Manager readers’ outbursts on Elisabetta Polenghi

    By Dec 04, 2010


    By Pokpong Lawansiri The comments section of online newspaper The Manager is once again aflame with hate speech. The reactions were sparked from The Manager’s story about the letter from the sister of slain photojournalist Fabio Polenghi to Thai authorities.Here are some excerpts:“Italians! They are full of problems and have bad behaviors. You know that

  • Thai authorities try to ‘buy’ silence of slain journalist’s sister

    By Dec 03, 2010


    By Saksith Saiyasombut Fabio Polenghi was one of two foreign journalists killed during the anti-government protests earlier this year. The Italian was gunned down during the military crackdown on the protest site on May 19. The circumstances of his death are officially still unknown and considering that the official investigations are sluggish and generally much leaving much

  • What does the future hold for Sondhi and the PAD?

    By Dec 01, 2010

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    By James Harriman Now looks as good a time as any to tack this onto Panuwat’s last post, which spoke on the political marginalization of the PAD. In addition to political woes, Matichon ran a story last week on Sondhi Limthongkul’s (PAD leader) family businesses, suggesting many of the companies under his wing are not financially sound.  Matichon says Sondhi (and his son) have

  • Thailand: Rift widens between Democrats and PAD

    By Nov 29, 2010


    By Panuwat Panduprasert The writing has been on the wall for some time, but is this finally the moment to describe the yellow shirt PAD and the Democrat Party as ‘former allies’? The two were best friends during the PAD’s campaign to oust Thaksin and especially during the yellow shirts’ 193-day rally against the governments

  • Thailand’s Manager website and its (lack of) ethics

    By Nov 24, 2010

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    By Pokpong Lawansiri * Note: This entry wasn’t written to fuel animosity between the nationalities mentioned.  Last week, I attended a forum by Thai Netizen Network (TNN), a coalition of media practitioners, NGO activists, and independent web users. TNN is deeply involved in the promotion and protection of internet freedom in Thailand. Among the speakers

  • Six months on, the Red Shirts return

    By Nov 20, 2010

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    By: Pokpong Lawansiri The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship or the “Red Shirts” held their second mass demonstration at Rajaprasong junction yesterday. It was to commemorate the six month anniversary of the 19 May 2010 crackdown which saw 91 people dead and more than 2,000 people injured.  Prachatai has its report and photos here.

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