Weekly News Magazine: The Ever-Moving Roadmap, January, 2018

From Lokwannee, January 27-February 2, 2018
Main cover reads: Extend… more
[This refers to the junta’s broken promises to hold elections soon. On Pinocchio’s nose is a luxury watch to symbolize the scandal surrounding the source of Deputy PM Prawit’s apparent wealth.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, January 26-February 1, 2018
Main cover reads: Form the troops [red] to move the roadmap
[Refers to the junta’s continual shifting of the eventual election date.]

From Matichon Weekly, January 26-February 1, 2018
Main cover picture: Ngang ngeng [sound of a bell] in the night. The bell rings.
[Refers to the decline of the junta’s popularity and credibility due to several scandals, such as the delay of the election and the inability of the prime minister to remove Deputy PM Prawit from his post over apparent unexplained wealth.
The sound of bell’s ringing refers to making a wish in a Buddhist fashion. The cover images jokes that the prime minister is wishing in the Buddhist style that he can remain longer as PM.]

Top: “Sonthiyan” takes a position in the committee to deal with the challenging mission on recovering the ‘Nation’
[Refers to Sonthiyan Chưnrưthainaitham, one of the former leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and former director of TNews who now joins the News Network Corp (Spring News), a main shareholder of the Nation Group. All of this refers to the takeover of the Nation Group by other media shareholders and the ousting of Nation founder Suthichai Yoon.
Critics suggest that the Nation’s editorial line will now become even more anti-Thaksin as more conservative PDRC leaders become involved in the newspaper’s management.]

From Manager Weekly, January 27-February 2, 2018
Main cover reads: Is it because of you?
The man on the cover is Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan with a background of flames consuming the regime’s reputation.
Top left: Introduce the owner of the watch. Pattawat Suksriwong (Died) [pictured] close friend, Saint Gabriel to end the problem. [the alleged owner of at least one of Prawit’s watches worked at Saint Gabriel’s College and had already died thus conveniently preventing any testimony]
Middle left: Scandalous around the world. Foreign media reports about Thai good governance and [that it is] under standard [referencing the recent reports showing decline in all areas of good governance in Thailand]
Bottom: Extend the term of “Big Kuy” — violate the constitution to deal with the cases [The man pictured is Pol. Gen. Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, nicknamed “Big Kuy.” The junta rushed to extend the term of NACC members in contravention of all normal standards for retirement for committee members. This led to allegations that the military was making sure a crony was in charge of the investigation that would clear Deputy PM Prawit of suspicion that he has unusual wealth.]
Top right: The NACC was damaged. To clean up Pom’s lent watch doesn’t need to declare as an asset account. [“Pom” is embattled Deputy PM Prawit’s nickname. This part refers to the almost Thaksin-like disregard for independent oversight that the junta has taken up. The National Anti-Corruption Commission appears to be under pressure to absolve Prawit of having unusual wealth.]
Middle right: “Big Tu’s” popularity declined because he said that it is a personal issue. [PM Prayuth (nicknamed “Big Tu”) has stated that owning multi-million baht luxury watches is a personal issue and should not be linked to politics.]
Bottom right: Thailand withdrew from Transparency International [refers to the surprise withdrawn from the international organization and seems to underline the junta’s inability to come to terms with their own promises to be transparent and non-corrupt.]

Top: “Lingling” [black] Miss Khao Suan Kwang. People call her as the 2nd Apasra
Woman in the Left and right picture: Sirilak ‘Lingling’ Kwong
Woman in the mid: Apasra Hongsakula
[Refers to Sirilak ‘Lingling’ Kwong 9pictured at both right and left) who won Miss Khao Suan Kwang, a beauty contest. With her beautiful smile and face, people call her the “second Apasra Hongsakula,” (pictured middle) Thailand’s 1st Miss Universe.
At bottom are headlines about the human trafficking case involving Victoria’s Secret massage parlor and another about corruption involving the son of high ranking military officers.]

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