Tag Archives: Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission

Updated: Doubling down on Thaksin II

Gen Prayudh Chan-ocha reckons his “roles as prime minister and the [Palang Pracharath] PPRP’s prime ministerial candidate are two different things…”. The trouble is he is unable to distinguish between the two and neither can anyone else. A good example is his continuing use of the media, The Dictator has “insisted he won’t end his […]

Calling out the NBTC

It has taken a long time but two journalists’ associations have finally called out the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. The Thai Journalists Association and Thai Broadcasting Journalists’ Association have opposed the NBTC’s decision to shut down Peace TV for one month.So far so good, but then it all unravels for the associations and their […]

Lese majeste catch-ups

Natthika Worathaiwit was one of The Facebook 8 who were arrested by the military dictatorship because of a satirical Facebook community page that poked fun at The Dictator. They were charged with sedition and computer crimes on 28 April 2016. Tow of them, Harit Mahaton and Natthika were charged with lese majeste. Initially all were […]

Trusted forms of repression

It was only a day or so ago that various junta allies reckoned that the activism that has bubbled up over the Deputy Dictator’s luxury watches and the “delays” to the “election” timetable would fade away. It hasn’t and the junta is trying to erase activism. It is engaging in its trusted forms of repression: […]

Censoring opposition

The military dictatorship allows little criticism of its operations. The Dictator is short-tempered when it comes to critics and has locked up several people who have made rather tame criticism. We sometimes think he’d prefer that critics undergo harsh “military discipline.” When it comes to the media, General Prayuth Chan-ocha can go off like a […]

Fear and repression

Part of the fear that consumes the military junta is self-created by its fear of the Shinawatra clan. Seeking to punish Yingluck as a way of also damaging Thaksin’s popularity and wealth has come to be viewed as vindictive. Clearly, the fear that has developed over the pending verdict means the military dictatorship has doubled-down […]

Mad at Facebook or just mad?

Colonel Natee Sukonrat is the vice chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. We are not sure he’s all that bright, but that’s not uncommon when a military junta appoints based on loyalty rather than any skill, ability or capacity. In a report at Bloomberg, it is reported that the dunces in the junta […]