Veera Prateepchaikul (Thailand)

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Date: 2004

Region: Asia

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Print Journalism


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Artist: Veera Prateepchaikul

Confronting Bodies: The Bangkok Post administration and government officials

Date of Action: February 2004

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Description of Artwork: Veera Prateepchaikul wrote a bold headline in The Bangkok Post referring to a statement from Thai king, Bhumibol Adulyadej's, speech that warned of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's arrogance.

The Incident: Shortly after printing the controversial headline Veera was moved from his position as editor to another job in the corporation that manages the paper.

Results of Incident: Many journalists spoke out against the move. Although the paper claimed that the move was merely "a structural matter of organization," many journalists believe it is a government action to control the critical press. Journalists and editors have testified that they have recieved phone calls from critical government officials. Prateepchaikul is now a regular columnist for the Bangkok Post.

Source: The New York Times