Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Clamp down on Thaksin Shinawatra

The government of Thailand has acted to clamp down on the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The government has revoked the diplomatic passports of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Potjaman. I guess this was not too unexpected and had indeed been mooted some time ago. The government has also issued a statement ordering Thai embassies and consulates abroad to stop welcoming Mr Thaksin.

Perhaps more seriously for the cause of democracy in Thailand the government has now forbidden the media in Thailand from reporting the comments of Thaksin Shinawatra or his lawyer. Interestingly the fact that they have been banned from reporting his comments is not mentioned on Thai websites and is only mentioned in the BBC Report here. The BBC go on to say that the Thai media have been holding crisis meetings to decide how they should respond.

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