Wednesday, July 17, 2019

THAILAND’S PBS MAY FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES AFTER AIRING MONARCHY DEBATE

March 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service is seeking the aid of outside lawyers to defend itself against possible charges that a series of recent talk shows in which the role of the monarchy was debated violated the country’s lèse majesté law. In Thailand, criticism of the king can be punished by up to 20 years in prison. Twenty […]

THAILAND BANS SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH

April 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Even though it was partly funded by the government’s culture board, the Thai film Shakespeare Must Die has been banned by official censors on the grounds that it could cause “divisiveness among the people of the nation.” The film is a modern take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, about a general who takes over Scotland by killing […]

SONY’S PROFITS DROWN IN THAI FLOODS

February 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Last fall’s devastating floods in Thailand played havoc with Sony’s ability to fulfill orders and were largely responsible for the company’s $2.04-billion net loss in its last quarter, CFO Masaru Kato said in a conference call today (Thursday). “Several production facilities in Thailand suffered direct damage during the floods and supply chains across the region […]

EX-THAI TOURISM CHIEF TO FACE TRIAL ON TAKING FESTIVAL BRIBES

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Thailand’s Anti-Corruption Commission has recommended that the former head of the country’s tourism office be prosecuted for allegedly taking bribes from a Los Angeles couple who were awarded a contract to run the Bangkok International Film Festival from 2003-2006. In addition to the charges leveled against Thai Tourism Authority Governor Juthamas Siriwan, the NAAC ruled […]

GROUP BLASTS THAI GOVERNMENT OVER REPORTERS’ DEATHS

July 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has demanded that the Thai government reveal the results of official autopsies into the shooting deaths of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto and Italian photographer Fabio Polenghi that occurred during its suppression of protest demonstrations in Bangkok last April and May. In a lengthy statement that included comments from […]

THAI NETWORK AWARDED $8.3 MILLION IN COPYRIGHT SUIT

July 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Thailand’s Channel 7 said on Thursday that it had won an $8.3-million judgment in a copyright-infringement lawsuit against a Los Angeles couple, Ron and Tip Pecha, and Noppadon Wongchaiwat, whom it had accused of uploading its programs onto their website, ThaiTV.tv, and distributing videos to Thai and Asian storefront operators throughout the U.S. In its […]

THAI FILM WINS CANNES’ PALME D’OR AWARD

May 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The beleaguered populace of Thailand, wracked by political turmoil and violence and chaos in the streets for the past month, finally got some news to cheer about Sunday. A film by celebrated Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Long Boonmee Raluek Chat), was awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s top […]