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As the New York Times implies: Does Thailand expel journalists like China?

By Thu, May 10, 2012 9:00AM UTC 2 Comments

By Saksith Saiyasombut The New York Times/International Herald Tribune wrote a blog post on Wednesday that compares two recent developments in China and Thailand, while it may or may not (unintentionally) mislead readers in the first lines: China’s expulsion of the correspondent for Al Jazeera — a move seen as reprehensible by supporters of press freedoms...

Verdict on Prachatai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn postponed

By Mon, Apr 30, 2012 9:00AM UTC Comments Off Chiranuch Premchaiporn. Pic: AP.

Today at 10.00 AM (Bangkok time) the Thai Criminal Court will give its verdict against Chiranuch “Jiew” Premchaiporn, the webmaster of the news website Prachatai. Chiranuch is being prosecuted for failing to delete 10 comments made by others that are deemed insulting to the monarchy not quickly enough. She has been arrested in 2009 and...

Thai “Macbeth” movie banned over fears it causes ‘disunity’

By Wed, Apr 04, 2012 10:00AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP

By Saksith Saiyasombut “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (Three Witches, Act I, Scene I) The Tragedy of Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a man and a woman on their bloody path to the throne of Scotland and their violent downfall, driven by arrogance, paranoia and death. The...

No depth: Shallow minds try barricading the web in India

By Tue, Jan 17, 2012 3:15AM UTC Comments Off No depth: Shallow minds try barricading the web in India

No one in India’s official establishment is comprehending the damage being done to its democratic credibility by the ham-handed manner in which content regulation of the Internet is being sought. Even in the mid-1990s when there were no laws worth their name to control the explosion of satellite television channels, the scenario had not resembled...

Australian broadcaster kowtows to China

By Mon, Jan 09, 2012 7:16PM UTC Comments Off Rebiya Kadeer. Pic: AP.

State-funded network censors film on Uighurs, reports Asia Sentinel Australia is forever lecturing other countries, particularly small ones like Fiji, on rights and freedoms so it is particularly shocking to learn of the censorship practiced by the state-funded Australia Network to please China, largest buyer of its minerals. The domestic Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) may...

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