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Media and Malaysian tragedy: A look at coverage of MH17 and MH370

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 1:44PM UTC A man holds a sign which reads "MH17 Victims Rest In Peace" during a candlelight vigil for the victims who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in Kuala Lumpur. Pic: AP.

Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian people suffered two shocking tragedies this year. The disappearance of flight MH370 continues to be a painful mystery, and the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine came as a another brutal shock, leaving many in Malaysia to ask “Why is this happening again?”

Thai military junta tightens grip on media, issues gag order (UPDATE)

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:30AM UTC This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s military government has further tightened its grip on the country’s media by banning criticism of the junta, threatening to shut down the offending media outlet and legal consequences. The edict came at a time when probably not many were listening. On Friday night, shortly after the weekly, self-adulating TV

Washington Post to Obama: Don’t accept a phony democracy in Thailand

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:00AM UTC President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday en route to South Korea. Pic: AP.

The Washington Post in an editorial: Despite the army’s desperate attempt to win over the public — through a “happiness” campaign of free haircuts, concerts and World Cup telecasts — these autocratic reforms will be rejected by a majority of the country. The rural poor, having lived through two coups

Thai junta’s gag on media raises alarm, criticism

By Sun, Jul 20, 2014 3:20PM UTC Thai junta’s gag on media raises alarm, criticism

BANGKOK (AP) — Critics and journalists have raised concerns about the Thai military government’s latest move to tighten its grip on the media by banning them from criticizing the junta’s operations.

Thai junta to media: Criticize us and we will shut you down

By Sun, Jul 20, 2014 7:05AM UTC Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a press conference. Pic: AP.

The junta issued a new edict on Friday. Below is summarized translation (full Thai in parenthesis and mostly complete translation, but just too long in parts for 100% complete and full translation): Announcement of the National Council for Peace and Order No. 97/2557 (ประกาศคณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ ฉบับที่ 97/2557) Subject: Cooperating together in

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