Mercurial Thai junta ruler becoming well-known for his poorly-chosen words – AP, March 29, 2014
Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched – or even executed. Such is life for members of the press covering Thailand’s notoriously testy military ruler.
Since leading a coup that ousted Thailand’s elected government last May, general-turned-prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has been thrust from the relative privacy of army life into the public arena of politics. He has pounded on the podium during news conferences, lambasted his questioners, and simply stamped away. In one case, he summoned two journalists for asking “inappropriate” questions about when and whether elections would be held. His government, meanwhile, has engaged in censorship and put pressure on media outlets to censor themselves…
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