Weekly News Magazines, March 4-11, 2016

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From Matichon  Weekly, March 4-10, 2016
Main cover reads: Hardship of news labor

[The man is well-known TV host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda. He was sentenced to 13 years for cheating MCOT out of hundreds of millions of baht in advertising revenue.]

Top: Strong fight between ‘Big brother’ and ‘Pa’ [blue] Prawit [yellow] vs [red] Phajun

[The man on the left is Deputy PM and defense minister Prawit and former Prem aide Prajun.
This refers to former Gen. Prem aide Adm. Phajun who is accused of violating the Computer Crimes Act by discussing position-buying in police on a Line chat application. Meanwhile, Deputy PM and defense minister Prawit Wongsuwan backed the police action and insisted there was no position-buying under his supervision. Prawit is an influential person in the junta government as a “big brother” in the powerful military group the “Eastern Tigers.” Prem is the President of the Privy Council and is known as “Pa” meaning “dad.” That such legal charges would be brought against a person associated with a well-respected and powerful person like Pa Perm has created surprise as it seems to indicate a rift between the military and the Privy Council, both of which are committed to pursuing an anti-Thaksin strategy.]

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From Lokwannee, March 5-11, 2016
Main cover reads: Transform?
Yes, it is, the audience. The constitution is like what we have seen. It will be transformed or not. Let’s come back and we’ll discuss more.
Phrase in front of TV host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda: Ethnics… of whom? Catch with the political update.
PM Prayuth is on the TV show.

[The cover mixes two issues together. First, is the transformation of the country under the junta, particularly the new draft constitution might be a tool for the junta to extend its power. Second, it is about Sorayuth who was sentenced for cheating the government out of advertising revenue. The cover uses famous catchphrases that he always used on his TV show.]

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From Manager Weekly, March 5-11, 2016
Main cover reads: Disgusting morning news? [white] Yes, it is.

[The man on the cover is well-known TV host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda.
“Yes, it is” is a catch phrase used by Sorayuth on the show when moving from one story to another story.]

Top: ‘Daddy Pom’ is the biggest in the country. Open a fire with ‘Phajun’ showing a sign of conflict [yellow] to know who is the biggest in this era?

[The man on the left is Deputy PM and defense minister Prawit whose nickname is “Pom” and on the right is former Prem aide Prajun.
This refers to former Gen. Prem aide, Adm. Phajun, who is accused of violating the Computer Crimes Act by discussing position-buying in the police on the Line chat application. In Thai, to call someone “daddy” means they are very powerful and in this case, the junta–in particular the Eastern Tigers–are challenging the influence of Privy Councilor Prem by charging his former aide.]

Bottom: Drama on strawberry [white] and the attack on [yellow] ‘Mai Davikah’

[The woman in the middle is Mai Davikah and on the right is Janie Thienphosuvan. A strawberry picture is posted by Chompoo Araya.
This refers to gossip about a conflict among some famous actresses. The story started when “Chompoo Araya A. Hargate” posted a picture of strawberry in her Instragram and then people guessed she might wanted to ridicule Janie. Later, some of Chompoo’s close friends said she referred to a younger superstar named Mai who is believed to compete with her. In Thai, to call someone “a strawberry” means they are a liar.]

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From Nation Weekend, March 4, 2016
Main cover reads: Billion-news

[The man on the cover is famous TV host Sorayuth Suthassanachinda.
This cover ridicules the new program for its scheme that bilked MCOT of ad revenue.]

Top right: Line chat disclosed [yellow] ‘Phajun’ [white] faces with [yellow] ‘Big brother’ [white] of Eastern [Tigers]

[As explained above, the charges against a former Prem aide seem to pit the Eastern Tigers against the powerful Prem.]

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