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A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

Why are some opinion poll results so positive about the Thai junta?

By Wed, Sep 24, 2014 6:12AM UTC Comments Off A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

”The streets are quiet, there are no protests and people are happy!” This is a common justification of the military coup in Thailand. And often - despite apparent ongoing repression of dissent - the proponents of the army's actions base these claims on the results of opinion polls....

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....

Thai media’s early naming of Koh Tao murder victims a serious breach of ethics

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:15PM UTC Comments Off Thai officers walk near the bodies of two British tourists after their bodies were found on a beach in Koh Tao. Pic: AP.

Two British tourists were found dead on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao on Monday morning. Local police say that their bodies were naked, with severe wounds to their heads and a blood-stained hoe was found next to them on a rocky beach. The victims are believed to be a 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. The UK Foreign Service is "urgently" investigating and there were unconfirmed reports that the island was temporarily put on a 'lockdown'....

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. ...

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