Bangkok Post editor removed after refusing to tone down junta criticisms

Bangkok Post confirmed on Monday that the company removed its news editor Umesh Pandey after he refused to alter his critical coverage of the military government, given that the newspaper is going to invite the junta head to join its birthday’s party, said an executive.   On 14 May 2018, Umesh Pandey, the editor of the Bangkok Post, confirmed on Facebook that the newspaper dismissed him for his recent criticisms of the military government.    “The hard-hitting news that we have produced in the 22-months of my leadership is a testament to what we as a team that is down by nearly 60 people have managed to achieve,” read Pandey’s Facebook post. “But when asked to ‘tone down’ I did not budge.”   Pandey said he was “blunt” in telling newspaper leadership that he would rather “lose [his] position” than “bow [his] head.”    “The axe finally came down on me just 60-days before my 2-year contract ended,” he added in the post.      Umesh Pandey (Photo from his own Facebook)   The deputy chief operating officer of the Post Group, Na Karn Laohawilai, said that newspaper did not fire Pandey, but merely transferred him to another section. Na Karn said that the ‘transfer’ was not due to his criticisms of the military government, but rather his improper managing skills.     But the Post deputy chief appeared to contradict himself when he said the final straw was when a member of Pandey’s team wrote on 11 May that the Thai junta should take a lesson from the Malaysian election results. Na Karn said that the report was unfair to the Thai government, and inappropriate given that the newspaper is inviting the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to its 72ndth birthday ceremony.    When the executive board told Pandey, the editor... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Bangkok Post editor removed after refusing to tone down junta criticisms, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Bangkok Post editor removed after refusing to tone down junta criticisms





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Published By: Prachatai - Tuesday, 15 May, 2018



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