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Thai junta leader pats reporter on head, tugs his ear

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:59AM UTC Thai coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, is trying a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears.

Thai military court jails web radio host for insulting monarchy

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:35AM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai military court has sentenced a Thai web radio host to five years in prison because it found the contents of his show insulted the country’s monarch.

28 weeks later: Prayuth, censorship and the media in post-coup Thailand

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:34AM UTC Thai coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Since his time as army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s relationship with the media has been strenuous at best. Now as the coup leader and prime minister he constantly in the limelight, and his gaffes are under more scrutiny than ever. On the other hand, the media itself is facing stringent censorship.

Obama calls for more press freedom in Asia, but sidesteps NYT case

By Fri, Nov 14, 2014 6:10PM UTC U.S. President Barack Obama was in China earlier this week. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for greater press freedoms in Burma and China but is sidestepping questions about the status of a New York Times reporter whom U.S. prosecutors want to testify in a leak investigation.

Author of Thai monarchy book ‘delighted’ with ban

By Fri, Nov 14, 2014 1:09PM UTC Andrew MacGregor Marshall. Pic via 'Zen Journalist' Facebook page.

Formers Reuters correspondent, Andrew MacGregor Marshall, now a freelance journalist and analyst on Thai culture and politics, has expressed his “delight” that his book, ‘A Kingdom in Crisis’, has been banned by the Thai police.

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