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The ‘blitzkrieg’ on media in Thailand by the country’s ‘eccentric megalomaniac’ – report

In Alan Morison, Andrew Drummond, FCCT, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond7 Comments

‘Reporters without Borders today publishes a scathing attack by Thailand’s military leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha whom the report describes as an ‘eccentric megalomaniac’.  Led by Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the Thai junta has been persecuting the media for the past 18 months, imposing a reign of terror that has included interrogations, arbitrary arrests, a spate of prosecutions and barely veiled threats. And …

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‘Their only crime was to expose the illegal exploitation of migrants’

In Alan Morison, Brian Goudie, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond5 Comments

The acquittal of Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian today of criminal libel and violating the Computer Crime Act is reason to celebrate. But it may have no bearing on many cases being brought under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act not only against journalists but even tourists and resident foreigners by others who do not want their misdeeds exposed. The Foreign Correspondents …

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AUSTRALIAN AND THAI JOURNALISTS FACE JUDGMENT TOMORROW OVER ROHINGYA STORY

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond8 Comments

POLICE RUBBER STAMPED PROSECUTION – DID NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH – CLAIM THAILAND’S GREAT NAVAL BATTLES PART I Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian will be told of their fate tomorrow when the Phuket court hands down judgment on the criminal libel and computer crime cases brought against them by the Royal Thai Navy. The Navy has taken exception to …

D-DAY IN THAILAND FOR BRITON ANDY HALL

In Alan Morison, Andy Hall, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond4 Comments

WORKERS RIGHTS ACTIVIST TAKES HIS PLACE IN THE QUEUE OF THE LOST FACE Following its time immemorial tradition of denial Thailand will decide tomorrow whether workers’ right activist Andy Hall should be formally indicted on computer crimes and criminal defamation charges for exposing what has been traditionally been the norm – the abuse of migrant workers by Thai authorities and …

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THAILAND AWAITS NEWS OF ANOTHER NAVAL VICTORY – AS BRITAIN’S GUARDIAN PILES ON THE SCANDAL

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond4 Comments

LEFT HAND DOWN A BIT! ITS THE THAI NAVY LARK  The credibility of Thailand took another blow today as the Guardian newspaper followed up on its report last year on slavery in the Thai fishing industry making it quite clear, if we were in any doubt, that officials were complicit in the trafficking of Rohingya – in many cases to …

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THAI HOSPITALITY? GOOD, NOW SHOVE OFF!

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Rohingya, Uncategorised by Andrew DrummondLeave a Comment

Just back from the Bank Holiday break to see that ASEAN continues to demonstrate its racism internationally and continues to foot-shoot over the Rohingya problem. I also see that the Thai economy is down, and Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-Ocha has cancelled any attempts at major reform of the Royal Thai Police. The only star in the sky is …

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SHAME AND HUMBUG AS OFFICIALS IMPLICATED IN MASS MURDER IN THAILAND

In Alan Morison, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond3 Comments

The continuing revelations about official complicity in the deaths of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, people who died where there was no humanity, is yet another blow to the country’s credibility, a credibility which was stretched to the limit already. Thailand can be a charming and welcoming country. Yes it does have beautiful beaches (but little environmental control) and tourists love …

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AUSSIE JOURNO RETURNS TO THAILAND DEFIANTLY – TO TAKE ON NAVY

In Alan Morison, Brian Goudie, Chutima Sidasathian, Drew Noyes, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond13 Comments

Alan Morison the Australian journalist who has been hounded by the Royal Thai Navy has returned defiantly to Thailand for fight libel cases brought against him and colleague Chutima Sidasathian, the Guardian is reporting today. Morison and Chutima face trial over one sentence in a Reuters report which they published on the plight of the Rohynga refugees from Burma. They …

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BRITISH JOURNALIST QUITS THAILAND AFTER 25 YEARS – STATEMENT

In Alan Morison, Andrew Drummond, Andy Hall, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond50 Comments

British journalist Andrew Drummond has quit Thailand after 25 years covering Southeast Asia from the Thai capital Bangkok. The primary reasons were a direct threat to the safety of himself and his three children from foreign criminals in Thailand working in liaison with the Thai Police and Thailand’s Crime Computer Crime Act, which he said was being used by foreign …

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EUROPEAN UNION CONDEMNS ABUSE OF THAILAND’S CRIMINAL LIBEL LAWS

In Alan Morison, Andy Hall, criminal libel, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond13 Comments

EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION TO THAILAND  Press Release Local EU Statement on the increasing misuse of criminal defamation laws in Thailand  The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Thailand. Bangkok, 14 November 2014 The EU is committed to promoting and protecting the freedom of opinion and expression worldwide. The EU Delegation …