Category Archives: Thai politics

Focus on reconciliation, slain journo’s sister says (Elisabetta Polenghi Italy / Thailand)

The sister of an Italian journalist killed during the crackdown on red shirts two years ago voiced support for providing compensation to the victims of the political turmoil, but said that getting all sides to reconcile was more important. “I … Continue reading

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Korn warns against ‘bank robbery’ (Thailand)

Former finance minister says using central bank assets to pay off debts is risky; opposes use of emergency decree A government plan to issue emergency executive decrees authorising it to unilaterally use reserves to pay off public debts amounts to … Continue reading

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Da Torpedo jailed 15 years on lese majeste charge (Thailand)

The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced to 15 years in jail a prominent red shirt Daranee Chancherngsilapakul, widely known as Da Torpedo, on lese majeste charge. The verdict concerned defamatory speeches she made on a red shirts stages in 2007. … Continue reading

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B400m for lese majeste web-taps (Thailand)

The cabinet has approved a 400 million baht budget for the Information and Communication Technology Ministry to buy equipment to lawfully tap into websites to detect lese majeste content, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said on Wednesday. Mr Chalerm, who … Continue reading

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Web censor system hits protest firewall (Thailand)

Chalerm tries to defend lese majeste detector The government yesterday calmed fears civil rights would be threatened if it adopts a tighter monitoring system to counter anti-monarchy messages on the internet. The proposed procurement of “a lawful interception (LI) system”, … Continue reading

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‘Men in black’ are policemen, Chalerm claims (Bangkok)

The armed “men in black”, much mentioned during last year’s political violence, are in the media limelight again after Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung yesterday claimed those men donned police uniforms during the day. “I would like to reiterate here … Continue reading

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Why is the private sector more serious about ending graft? (Thailand)

You’ve got to wonder why the private sector has come out more aggressively against corruption than the government. And you should get more curious if the government appears not too excited over reports that a senior bureaucrat has reported losing … Continue reading

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