Bangkok Post editor Veera Prateepchaikul is fired

Bangkok Post editor Veera Prateepchaikul is fired - Reuters & The Nation, February 20, 2004

[Ed.: This will make the folks at The Nation especially concerned. The Post's editorial policy is, at most, respectfully or lightly critical of the government. The slant of the rest of the news they carry is what we have long called 'government happy news.' On the other hand, The Nation's editorial policy borders on hysterically anti-government. This is not the first time this kind of editorial meddling has happened at the Post--see the story below about the demise of the Insider column. ]

...Bangkok Post reporters said Veera, a long-serving journalist at the paper and its editor for the past 21 months, had resisted management efforts to have the paper soften its critical coverage of government policies of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. "He has in effect been sacked despite the beautiful words given by the management that the decision is a promotion," said Bangkok Post reporter Ampa Santimatanedol. "The management may have been concerned that the newspaper's editorial policy under Veera has frustrated their business interest by its constant attacks on the government," she said.
...Some Bangkok Post reporters said some of their earlier stories had been withdrawn apparently over concerns that they would make major shareholders unhappy.
Post Publishing is 30 percent owned by the family of retail business tycoon Suthikiart Chirathivat, 20 percent by the SCMP Group , publisher of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, and 3.7 percent by Thailand's Bangkok Bank PCL.


Earlier: What happened to the Insider column in the Bangkok Post? - April 25, 2003
Several people have asked what happened to the beloved Insider column in the Bangkok Post. When 2Bangkok.com first mocked the Paragon website (someone has mirrored the original Paragon website here), we also challenged the local press to do the same. The Insider took up the challenge and poked fun at the English used on the site. 2B learned that the Insider article resulted in a warning from powerful people involved in both the Post board and the Paragon development not to make fun of the Paragon in the future. Then doing the Insider column was "not fun anymore." The Insider was offered a new job within the newspaper that conveniently made it not possible to continue the column.

Also: Insurers Shun 'Sick Note' Politicians - Reuters, February 20, 2004
Insurers are refusing to give health care cover to Thai politicians because many are checking into hospitals instead of hotels during trips around the country and then claiming the money back, the parliament's speaker said.
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