Weekly News Magazines, July 11, 2014

Nation Weekend_11 July 2014

From Nation Weekend, July 11, 2014
Cover reads: “Killing train crushing her on the way”
[Reference is to the notorious case of a 13-year-old girl was raped and threw out of a window of a train she rode with her sister to visit their grandmother in Bangkok. The accused, Wanchai Saengkhao, 22, an employee of the State Railway of Thailand, had a long history of criminal acts including drug trafficking. Nonetheless, he was recruited under the State Railway of Thailand patronage system, one of many other problems rotting the organization, and his background was never checked.]

Matichon Weekly_11 July 2014

From Matichon Weekly, July 11, 2014
Cover reads: Made-to-order dish; Retro-politics
By the small cartoon figure: The real iron wok chef
[Reference is to Dr. Vishnu Khruangam, a Thai law expert and scholar who was appointed by the National Council for Peace and Order to draft an interim constitution. Here is he shown as a chef who is cooking up a made-to-order charter for the junta. According to the article, the constitution is suspected to be a “retro” document on two major points. One is an interim prime minister nominated by the national legislative council. This will open the opportunity for the council to nominate Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha (an unelected person) to be prime minister. The other point is that the interim constitution may stipulate that the junta has authority above the interim government. This is seen as a gaming of the constitution in the tradition of other interim constitutions after each coup in Thailand’s political history.]

ASTV Manager Weekly_12 July 2014

From ASTV Manager Weekly, July 12, 2014
Cover reads: “Accursed”
On the cover, left: Wanchai Saengkhao, rapist and killer of a 13-year-old girl
Middle: Mother of the rape victim who unwillingly presented a bouquet of flowers to Pol. Gen. Aek Angsananont, Deputy Commissioner General
Right: Prapas Jongsanguan, former governor of the State Railway of Thailand
[Refers to the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl while she was sleeping on a train. Once this became news, Prapas refused to resign as governor of the SRT when asked (he was later fired by the junta). Meanwhile, the Royal Police Bureau, always keen to maintain their own image above all else, staged a ceremony showing the mother of the victim presenting flowers to Pol. Gen. Aek to show her gratitude to the police for their quick action. The family harshly criticized the police for forcing the grieving family to participate in the media event for the benefit of the police.]

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