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Bangkok Governor-elect Chadchart Sittipunt inspects damaged pavement at Bang Kapi's Lam Sali Intersection on May 25, 2022.

Opinion: Chadchart’s Victory Gives Hope to Not Just Bangkok But Thai Democracy

Eight years of pent-up aspiration for true democracy turned into Chadchart Sittipunt mania after the former Transport Minister was elected the new Bangkok governor last Sunday.
Voters line up at a polling station in Bangkok's Kannayao district to cast their vote for Bangkok gubernatorial election on May 22, 2022.

Opinion: What Can We Expect From Leading Candidates as New Bangkok Governor?

Writing this commentary hours before the results of Bangkok gubernatorial elections will be known, there is no certain way for this writer to know who will win. As Bangkokians voted on Sunday and we still wait for the outcome, here is my brief note of what we can expect if candidate A, B or C wins, however.
Workers set up polling station for the upcoming Bangkok gubernatorial election on May 15, 2022.

Opinion: As Bangkokians Gear Up to Elect Their Own Governor After 9 Years, People...

While Bangkokians have been waiting for nine years to be able to finally elect their governor anew due to the disruption caused by the May 2014 coup, people in all provinces have been waiting for over a century now. And the wait is far from over for non-Bangkokians.
Anna Shevchenko, 35, waters the few flowers that survived in the garden of her home in Irpin, near Kyiv, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

Opinion: Solidarity in the Face of Russian Aggression

Almost one year ago, as Poland marked the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of 3 May, Warsaw was visited by the presidents of Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Photographers and journalists at a police press conference on the investigation into the death of actress Nida "Tangmo" Patcharaveerapong in Nonthaburi province on Apr. 26, 2022.

Opinion: Promises and Pitfalls of Thailand’s Social Media Landscape

Today is the World Press Freedom Day and it got this writer thinking about the changing media landscape in Thailand.
Former Democrat Party deputy leader Prinn Panitchpakdi being surrounded by reporters as he reports himself at Lumpini Police Station on Apr. 17, 2022.

Opinion: Let’s Be Fair and Just About Sexual Assault Allegations Against Anyone, Including Prinn

The biggest Thai news over the past few days, or since Thursday, was undeniably the sexual harassment and rape allegations made by some twenty women against Democrat Party deputy leader Prinn Panitchpakdi.
Thailand's permanent representative to the U.N Suriya Chindawongse during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on April 7, 2022. Photo: Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN / Twitter

Opinion: Why Thailand Abstain on the UN Resolution To Suspend Russia From UN Human...

Condemn the Prayut Chan-o-cha’s regime and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai all you like for Thailand’s vote to abstain from supporting or opposing the resolution to suspend Russia’s membership to the U.N. Human Rights Council and from expressing grave concerns at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
"Thank you, Gen. Narongphan Jitkaewthae, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, for giving a chance for Top News to continue working with TV5," reads an image posted on Top News Facebook page on Mar. 31, 2022. Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham, founder of Top News, can be seen doing a wai on the right. Image: Top News / Facebook

Opinion: Double Down on Media Censorship at Army-run TV5

One of the most blatant on-air television news censorship took place on Monday. As army-run TV5 news host, subcontracted from far right Top News news agency, was talking about the Ukrainian war, it was taken off air. It was during the noon news bulletin. The on-air censorship lasted for 8 minutes.
Russian Ambassador to Thailand Yevgeny Tomikhin receives a gift hamper from TV5 president Gen. Rangsee Kitiyanasap at the Russian Embassy in Bangkok on Mar. 21, 2022. Photo: Russian Embassy in Bangkok / Facebook.

Opinion: A Week of Army-run TV5 Diplomatic Blunder on Russia and Ukraine News

In a week of diplomatic faux pas, a prominent state organization in Thailand attempted to publicly take sides with Russia amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine, only to capitulate, having abruptly canceled its partisan press conference without a proper explanation. This was followed by a visit to the Ukrainian Embassy hours before the cancelled press conference.

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