Weekly News Magazines: End Game, March, 2019

From Matichon Weekly, March 22-28, 2019
Inside the white box: Please write down a mark
[Refers to the election which many simply see as the opportunity to either retain or remove junta chief Prayuth as prime minister.]

Top: Jail for 16 months. Tycoon ‘Premchai’ charged in case of pheasant, but acquitted of possession of black panther.
[Refers to construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta who was sentenced to 16 months in jail for possession of a dead pheasant and weapons and for supporting poaching. However, he was acquitted of any wrongdoing connected with a black panther which was also found at his camp and subsequently memorialized by the media.]

From Manager Weekly, March 23-29, 2019
Main cover reads: End Game..?
[This portrays the major political figures in the election as if they are in the “Avengers End Game” film.]

Top: Do you know [orange] Premchai was jailed because of a pheasant not because of killing a black panther
[Refers to construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta sentenced to 16 months in jail for possession of a dead pheasant and weapons and for supporting poaching. However, he was acquitted of any wrongdoing connected with a black panther which was also found at his camp and subsequently memorialized by the media.]

Bottom left: Channel 3-JKN “Export” Thai drama model and push “Yaya” to the world market
[Refers to Channel 3 TV joining hands with JKN company to sell Thai dramas to other countries as well as promoting famous actress Urassaya ‘Yaya’ Sperburd to the world market.]

From Lokwannee, March 22-29, 2019
Main cover reads: Future of Thailand? Democracy or dictatorship
Dinosaur (representing the presumably “old-fashioned” military): Needs only 126
On the dinosaur’s belly: 250 senators
On the ballot box: 500 MPs
[Refers to the junta’s wish to support PM Prayut to retain power after elections. To achieve this, pro-junta parties needs to win at least 126 MP seats plus 250 senators to vote for PM Prayut to become the PM. The senate are composed of figures selected by the junta so they ahve a head start in the vote count.]

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