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

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

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:34AM UTC Comments Off 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....

Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:12AM UTC Comments Off 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....

Thailand junta reactivates ‘cyber scout’ program to curb online dissent

By Thu, Aug 07, 2014 9:10AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

In late 2010, the Thai Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) launched the so-called 'cyber scout' program aimed to recruit students and young people to monitor online content that could be deemed potentially offensive, especially to Thailand's monarchy. Now, the military junta is re-introducing the project....

Why has Thailand banned the Tropico 5 video game?

By Wed, Aug 06, 2014 7:59AM UTC Comments Off A screenshot of the computer game "Tropico 5", a world-building game that puts you in charge of a banana republic. Thailand has banned this game for national security reasons. (Screenshot: Facebook/Kaylpso Media)

Ever since the military coup of May 22, 2014 the junta that is ruling Thailand has imposed strict censorship measures on the media and has shown repeatedly that it will not tolerate criticism. ...

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

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:30AM UTC Comments Off 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 address by army chief and...

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