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Freedom on the Net: Thailand falls further

Freedom House, an organisation that looks into press freedom and freedom of speech, just published the 2017 iteration of its annual “Freedom on the net” report. Said report shows Thailand being further on the decline, ranking now 67/100. The introduction as per Freedom House reads: Internet freedom declined to its lowest level yet in 2017, continuing a downward spiral that began when the junta seized power. Censorship increased following the death of the king, and a slew of laws codified repressive measures introduced under a state of emergency. Thailand entered…

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Thai News Trumpified: Former PM followed by police

With the USA’s president-elect soon rising to power it is obvious that more people than ever are enjoying his rhetoric and communication style. Since my-thai.org aims to be an inclusive medium I thought we should try to also appeal to an audience that prefers this short, straight-to-the-point, don’t-think-too-much, approach. Therefore I am delighted to continue our new segment “Thai News Trumpified” where I’ll try to break down current Thai news, trump tweet style (#tts – you saw it here first!). This week we look at the former PM being followed by…

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Thai News Trumpified: Elections 2017?

With the USA’s president-elect soon rising to power it is obvious that more people than ever are enjoying his rhetoric and communication style. Since my-thai.org aims to be an inclusive medium I thought we should try to also appeal to an audience that prefers this short, straight-to-the-point, don’t-think-too-much, approach. Therefore I am delighted to continue our new segment “Thai News Trumpified” where I’ll try to break down current Thai news, trump tweet style (#tts – you saw it here first!). This week we look at the elections that are going to…

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Thai News Trumpified

With the USA’s president-elect soon rising to power it is obvious that more people than ever are enjoying his rhetoric and communication style. Since my-thai.org aims to be an inclusive medium I thought we should try to also appeal to an audience that prefers this short, straight-to-the-point, don’t-think-too-much, approach. Therefore I am delighted to kick off our new segment “Thai News Trumpified” where I’ll try to break down current Thai news, trump tweet style (#tts – you saw it here first!). This week we start things off with the heavily…

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Oh ASEAN brothers where art though with the Rohingya crisis?

Over the past weeks incredible drama has broken out here in Southeast Asia. The whole world is talking about the current migrant crisis and the fact that thousands (!!) of people are trapped on boats in the Andaman Sea between Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. While there have been some very insightful and also some very emotional (according to lots of netizens even too emotional) reports on the crisis there are still a few subjects left that need to be addressed. History & Nobel Peace Prize I am not even talking about…

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Thailand’s Cyber Security & Electronic Transaction Laws

Over the past few months the Thai junta came up with a few new or updated cyber security and electronic transaction laws that aim to regulate online incidents and behavior. There have been lots of laws and policy updates but here we are now going to focus on updates and additions to the Electronic Transactions Act, the Computer Crime Act, the National Cyber Security Act and the Personal Data Protection Act. Thailand Electronic Transactions Act The Electronic Transaction Act is obviously nothing completely new. Electronic transactions have been there for…

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Voice of Bang-La-Merd – Art under Martial Law

What is fun about writing with Sascha at my-thai.org is that I happen to visited many cool places around Bangkok. (Oh yes, I’m a native and he’s a German expat.) Sometimes being a local can be a great excuse to overlook things around you like “It’s ok. I live here. I can be there anytime.”… and end up with going nowhere at all. So this time, once again, he sent me a link about an interview with the actress of Bang-La-Merd: the Land I Do Not Own, which is the…

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Thailand declines further on press freedom index

The Land of Freedom (yep, that’s us, Thailand) continues its fall on the press freedom index. By now it is ranked 134th according to the latest, 2015, edition. Last year we held spot 130. Fun fact though: Thailand is still one of the best countries among all ASEAN member states. Not sure if that’s something to be proud of since we are is still behind such free and open nations as Mali and South Sudan. Every year the Reporters Without Borders (RSF = Reporters Sans Frontières), a NGO based in France (hence RSF)…

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Thailand Martial Law / Coup 2014 Diary

First time Martial Law for me. So let’s see how this influences life and work and everything else here in Thailand. Also answering some questions that I received from friends and family after the news broke today (May 20th, 2014). Day 1 – May 20th, 2014 Martial Law has been announced in the early morning hours. This means that the army now has a lot of rights (check my article about that) and that they increase their presence at venues of interest. Why it happened? According to the official announcement…

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Protest on demand. How University stays closed to make students (and staff) protest.

All opinions expressed are, of course, mine and not the ones of my employer. Furthermore I’m not stating any political orientation in this post. Just showing what happens here. Today we received a notification stating that all classes have to be cancelled tomorrow. University wide. In order to take part in protests that are happening in Bangkok. Those protests are regarding the so called ‘Amnesty Bill’ that is about to being passed here in Thailand which would basically pave the path for a return of Mr. Thaksin without having to…

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