This is part XIX of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, in which we encapsulate the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. In her tenure for almost two years now, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra generally comes...
By Saksith Saiyasombut There were a few events and discussion panels on freedom of speech and how the lèse majesté laws is heavily contributing to the continuous deterioration of that in Thailand in recent years. There was the panel discussion with Sulak, Pravit, Marshall and Anderson hosted by Siam Voices contributor Lisa Gardner, then the FCCT (where...
By Lisa Gardner The previous page is sending you to http://www.mict.go.th/. If you do not want to visit that page, you can return to the previous page. So reads Google’s message of compliance with government requests that certain web pages in Thailand be blocked. Google bucked international trends in 2011 by blocking access to hundreds...
By Saksith Saiyasombut Some readers may remember a certain Miss Chitpas Bhirombhakdi, the daughter of Chutinant Bhirombhakdi, executive vice-president of Singha Corporation and thus often-referred to as the “Singha-heiress”. We have previously reported on her and and her campaign for MP during the run-up to the elections, which she lost in her constituency. But she...
By Saksith Saiyasombut Earlier this month, a 23-year-old graduate from the Kasetsart University has been arrested for allegedly posting content on his blog that is deemed insulting to the monarchy – also known as lèse majesté. Prachatai and The Nation’s Pravit Rojanaphruk (and unsurprisingly no one else) with the details: The person who filed the...
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