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Patpicha Tanakasempipat

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1 Sep 2017 | 8:15 PM

Thai university removes student leader for defying royalist tradition

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's prestigious Chulalongkorn University has removed the head of its student council, a vocal critic of military rule, after he was accused of disrupting a royalist initiation ceremony.

29 Aug 2017 | 8:33 PM

Thailand's Buddhism chief removed after pressure from religious groups

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta has removed the head of the national Buddhism office, the prime minister said on Tuesday, after religious groups called on the government to sack him over his plans to clean up scandal-hit monasteries.

4 Aug 2017 | 6:11 PM

Thai journalist accused of sedition says charge creates 'chilling effect'

BANGKOK (Reuters) - An award-winning Thai journalist accused of sedition over online comments critical of the junta said on Friday that the charge created a "chilling effect" amid an ongoing crackdown on critics of the military government.

19 Jul 2017 | 1:17 PM

Thai judge hands down 21 guilty verdicts in major trafficking trial

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A judge handing down verdicts in Thailand's biggest human trafficking trial on Wednesday had announced 21 guilty verdicts by mid-morning from 103 defendants, with judgements expected to last late into the day.

19 Jun 2017 | 5:34 PM

Thailand plans cyber network scrutiny, law to toughen online monitoring

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand aims to buy software to strengthen the military government's ability to track online networks and monitor online activity while planning a cyber law that will expand powers to pry into private communications.

16 Jun 2017 | 4:51 PM

Thai junta seeks to force temples to open their finances

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government will propose a law to force its tens of thousands of Buddhist temples to declare their finances, the head of the National Office of Buddhism told Reuters.

21 May 2017 | 7:59 AM

Three years after coup, junta is deeply embedded in Thai life

BANGKOK (Reuters) - On Friday evenings in Thailand, sandwiched between the evening news and a popular soap opera, is a prime-time programme that has been running for three years, or ever since the military took power in a May 22, 2014 coup.

16 May 2017 | 3:01 PM

Facebook still accessible in Thailand as government deadline passes

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has no immediate plan to block access to Facebook, the telecoms regulator said on Tuesday, as it expects the social media giant to comply with court orders for the removal of content deemed to threaten national security.

28 Apr 2017 | 6:04 PM

Thai baby's murder on Facebook puts online controls under scrutiny

PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - A relative of the Thai baby whose murder was shown on Facebook Live earlier this week said he was too distraught and intent on getting police to the crime scene to worry about getting the horrific videos taken down.

25 Apr 2017 | 11:05 PM

Thai man broadcasts daughter's murder live on Facebook

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai man filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in two video clips posted on Facebook before committing suicide, police said on Tuesday.