15 Sep 2015
Thailand’s junta should immediately release Pravit Rojanaphruk, a well-known reporter for The Nation newspaper, who has been detained incommunicado since September 13, 2015 for criticizing military rule, Human Rights Watch said today.
15 Sep 2015
The military officials have held in custody Mr. Pichai Naripthaphan on 8 September 2015, and Mr. Karoon Hosakul on 10 September 2015. To this, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), told the press that the detention of the two persons was relating to their outspoken critique of the government’s performance. Of late, a senior reporter of The Nation, Mr. Pravit Rojanaphruk, has been deprived of his liberty as well on 13 September 2015.
14 Sep 2015
Pravit Rojanaphruk, a veteran journalist and provocative critic of the Thai military from The Nation newspaper, has been detained incommunicado since Sunday. At 2 pm on Sunday, Pravit reported to the military at the 1st Army Area after two military officers on Saturday went to his house with the intention of detaining him, but did not find him.
18 Jun 2015
Can the expected referendum on whether to allow the military regime of General Prayut Chan-o-cha to stay for two more years "legitimise" the government? Some say yes, as they argue that this time, unlike in the coup Prayut forced on people last year, the electorate will have a say through a plebiscite instead of obeying the guns and orders of coup makers. Many have already decided to give a blank cheque to the military strongman and leader of the National Council for Peace and Order - who later chose himself to become prime minister fo
3 Jun 2015
Since the absolute monarchy was abolished in Thailand in 1932, over a dozen successful military coups have taken place in our country.
26 May 2015
The month of May is a politically loaded month for modern Thai political history. Our society as a whole, however, seems to have failed to learn and consolidate crucial lessons from its past. The bloody uprising in May 1992 (from the 17th to 20th), which ousted then-military dictator General Suchinda Kraprayoon, took place this week 23 years ago. At least 40 were killed and 600 injured. A major newspaper's photo-caption on Monday summarised the situation well.
7 May 2015
NOTHING could have summed up Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha's attitude toward his goal of national reconciliation than his own words in a speech made last week.
19 Mar 2015
While optimists wait for the promised general election early next year, pessimists like me monitor the corrosive effects that continued military rule is having on Thai society and wonder about its long-term repercussions. Signs of military rule and martial law affecting citizens' basic rights and liberty are clearly visible. Last week, when the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) held its first discussion on Thai politics since the May 2014 coup, the organiser said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had w
13 Feb 2015
It is ten years since Prachatai was founded as an alternative media outlet.
30 Jan 2015
Prachatai on Friday celebrated, under martial law, its 10th anniversary as a non-profit alternative online media in Thailand. About 60 guests joined the event to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Friday night. The event was by invitation only and kept secret until Friday night for fear that the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) would force the cancellation of the event.
17 Nov 2014
Prachatai looked into record of those who just campagined for the media freedom -- six months after the coup.
4 Nov 2014
An inordinate amount of time was spent working out exactly how many anti-coup protesters had gathered in Milan to denounce Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha last week. He was in the Italian city to attend the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem). Officials, including government spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, initially denied the protesters' existence, though later - upon realising that there were indeed some - he denounced them for allegedly exploiting the Italians already protesting outside the Asem venue.