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Media relations, Thai military prime minister style
You don’t even need to understand Thai to get the gist of this one.
A reporter asked Thailand’s new military Prime Minister if he has a timetable for fresh elections.
Thai coup 2014 - day 2
I still haven’t seen any soldiers, despite photos and videos of them being all over the news and social media.
To be fair, that’s because I haven’t strayed from where I live in the centre of town since I’ve been working/looking after the kids.
I wrote my first story about the threat to block social media, and also got quoted by CNN, so it is definitely odd that my routine has been affected despite all of this.
Let’s see what happens this weekend, there have been pockets of unrest across the city thus far.
Thai coup 2014 - day 1
Thailand’s army staged a coup today, and took over rule of the country from the elected government.
That’s right, rather than put a stop to those who sabotaged voting at the recent elections, or those who took to the streets to demand political reform to make elections more winnable for them, the army essentially asked the acting Prime Minister to resign… and promptly took control when he refused.
Here are my three tech-related highlights…or should that be lowlights…
Part of the change of leadership is a curfew from 10pm to 5am.
Ever wondered what Uber looks like during a curfew?
Wonder no longer:
— ทัน (@thanr)May 22, 2014
Shutting down media was a big part of the coup. Reportedly thousands of radio station and all of Thailand’s mainstream broadcasters were taken off-air, while TV-based access to international media like the BBC and CNN was revoked too.
International broadcasters are not blocked online, but that doesn’t apply to local media. National broadcaster ThaiPBS found out as the army visited its office to shut down its YouTube feed.
Here’s what it looks like when the army wants to shut down your YouTube broadcast:
Finally, the military has threatened to ban social media sites if they are overly critical of its actions.
Yet, irony of ironies, the junta has a Facebook page which is rapidly approaching 100,000 likes.
Don’t be surprised by the support. Plenty of people wanted to government removed during the protests so, even though military coups don’t belong to this century, there will be supporters of the ridiculously named ‘National Peace And Order Maintaining Council’.
Want to keep up with what’s going on? Come find me on Twitter and check out this list too.
If you need to keep up with Thailand coup developments, my list of journos & bilingual Twitter folks will help https://t.co/ruwt8flfdv— Jon Russell (@jonrussell)May 22, 2014