The Manager/ASTV on rebellion and lèse majesté

11 02 2009

Manager/Phujatkarn newspaper, owned by fellow lèse majesté accused Sondhi Limthongkul, has long provided inciting right-wing and highly nationalist commentary regarding lèse majesté cases. Sondhi led the ultra-nationalist and royalist PAD, which claimed to be protecting the monarchy.

The newspaper has been outspoken in its condemnation of Giles Ungpakorn. Prachatai has provided commentary on an interview on Sondhi’s ASTV with Kamnoon Sidhisamarn, a senior Manager columnist and an appointed senator, where he refers to Giles Ungpakorn’s Red Siam manifesto as rebellion.

Kamnoon also refers to others, including academics associated with the well-known Midnight University website, and calls for more assertive action against those considered to be committing lèse majeste. See Prachatai, 12 February 2009: “Manager columnist-turned-Senator considers Ji’s manifesto a rebellion”