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April 2014

DON’T CRY FOR MAX CLIFFORD YET

There have two trials I have been recently watching in the UK. The first is the trial of the News of the World editors and journalists over the voice-mail hacking scandal – and the second is the trial of publicity agent Max Clifford for offences of indecency. You cannot watch these trials and not know […]

BRITISH DRUGS KING DONS THAI ‘FOREIGN POLICE’ UNIFORM

A propos famous Brits in Thailand. Well occasionally there is the odd heart rendering story and once such is the case of Steve Saunders in Chiang Mai who is now dedicating his life to helping tourists in distress or rather ‘foreigners in need’. Good old Steve has joined the Foreign Police Volunteers in Chiang Mai […]

ROLLS ROYCE SCANDAL MOVING TO BANGKOK?

BLOOD ON THE PAVEMENT Fox with former Vietnam Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet. As Britain’s premier company Rolls Royce is investigated by the Serious Fraud Office into allegations of corruption in Indonesia and China it seems that now the company’s Bangkok office could be embroiled in a new scandal. It was from Bangkok in 2001 […]

OH ARRGH! NO ICE PLEASE! –

 DRUGS DEALER’S NEW THAILAND HOME I was amused to read in Voranai Vanijaka’s Bangkok Post column recently that he gets lots of mail from foreigners moaning about Thailand.  He retorted, of course, that while foreigners may complain they still keep coming back because of what the country has to offer.  And except at peak violence […]

PORNO PICTURES – A DEAD DRUGS TRAFFICKER – A CONVICTED CHILD ABUSER – AND A FAKE LAWYER

FAKE SCOTS LAWYER IN THAI PORNO ROW NEEDS CASH FROM DRUGS TRAFFICKER, WHO WAS EATEN ALIVE BY BUGS, TO PAY OFF U.S. PENSIONER HE CHEATED, WHOSE SON WAS JAILED FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE – AND THE ‘LAWYER’S’ CHARACTER WITNESS IS A FORMER BROTHEL OWNER FROM MELBOURNE! (Yes. All human life is here) Fake lawyer […]

UK CORONER TO INVESTIGATE BRITON ‘BEATEN TO DEATH’ IN PATTAYA JAIL

An inquest is to be held in Britain into a British prisoner who was allegedly beaten to death in Nong Plalai prison, Pattaya – just days after he was admitted for stealing a motorcycle. Sean Patrick Flanagan, 57, was arrested on March 21st in the resort on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, for stealing a Yamaha motorcycle […]

DRUMMOND CLEARED OF LIBEL AGAIN – APPEAL COURT THROWS OUT NOYES CASE

 BUT WILL PHONY LAWYER AND PATTAYA PUBLISHER EVER GO TO JAIL? (Pic: Noyes) Appeal court judges today dismissed an appeal by American Drew Noyes, former publisher of the Pattaya Times newspaper, against the acquittal of British journalist Andrew Drummond for libel. They agreed with the lower court AND threw out Noyes’ claim that he had […]

PAGE ONE COMMENT: JOURNALISTS BEHIND BARS IN THAILAND

Two fine journalists spent an unnecessary five hours behind bars today after being charged with defaming the Royal Thai Navy. Alan Morison, 66, Australian and Chutima Sidasathian,33, Thai of Phuketwan were held in custody in the cell below the court in Phuket, while court officials sorted out bail. They chose to be treated like any […]

WHO THE F’CK IS JESSIE!

FLYING SPORRAN’S MEDIA WEEK Opening the Bangkok Post today I was intrigued to find  a an Op-Ed  piece headed ‘Unravelling the political Gordian knot’. It sort of reminded me of one morning picking up a paper in Lagos, Nigeria, and reading a story about a car crash in which nobody was killed with the reporter […]

THE ROHINGYAS – REUTERS AND PHUKETWAN – A FCCT STATEMENT

The professional membership of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) congratulates Thomson Reuters journalists Jason Szep and Andrew R. C. Marshall on a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on the plight of Rohingya people.  The award recognizes a series of articles that are in the best tradition of journalism, and which expose the systematic […]