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Vietnam War reporter Matthew Franjola dies aged 72

By Sat, Jan 03, 2015 1:03PM UTC Comments Off

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Matthew Franjola, a reporter and photographer for The Associated Press who was among the last Americans in Saigon before it fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975, has died. He was 72. His ex-wife, Grace Franjola, said he died Thursday at Danbury Hospital after a long illness. She says Franjola trained...

Family of jailed Australian journalist hope Egypt will deport him

By Fri, Jan 02, 2015 7:11PM UTC Comments Off Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste stands inside the defendants' cage in an Egyptian court during their trial earlier this year. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -€” Brothers of an Australian Al-Jazeera English journalist held in Egypt for more than a year say their lawyers are focusing on deportation at President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's command as their best option....

Tongue-Thai’ed! – Special Edition: Top 10 things the junta said in 2014

By Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:10AM UTC Comments Off Tongue-Thai’ed! – Special Edition: Top 10 things the junta said in 2014

As you may have noticed, we here at Siam Voices have used our light-hearted Tongue-Thai'ed!-section not as much in 2014 as we would have liked to, since the coup and the ongoing authoritarian rule by the military junta were mostly no laughing matter. However, the generals now in charge of nearly every aspect of life in Thailand are not shy when it comes to sharing their ideas to the population - with varying results....

China jails filmmaker of constitution documentary

By Tue, Dec 30, 2014 9:04PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has given a one-year jail sentence to a filmmaker who produced a documentary on the country’s 100-year quest for constitutional rule. Lawyer Zhang Xuezhong said the Beijing district court found Shen Yongping guilty on Tuesday of running an illegal business because he had not obtained permission to film the...

New documentary explores vice and violence in Thailand’s Deep South

By Tue, Dec 09, 2014 8:44AM UTC Comments Off New documentary explores vice and violence in Thailand’s Deep South

Bars line the street, on display are neon lights, beer signs and women trying to lure in passing revelers. This scene could be anywhere in Thailand, but this particular red light district in Su-ngai Kolok is on the border with Malaysia in Narathiwat province. Here, soldiers and military vehicles patrol the streets to protect the sex workers and the Malaysian men they cater to from the very real possibility of attacks by Muslim insurgents....

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