Director of NIDA Poll resigns in protest at self-censorship

The director of a university polling institute has resigned after being ordered to delay publishing a survey on Gen Prawit’s luxury watches.   On 29 January 2018, Arnond Sakworawich resigned as Director of the Research Centre of the National Institute of Development Administration, also known as NIDA Poll.   The day before, Arnond posted on his Facebook account that his resignation was to protest the university’s failure to preserve academic freedom under the military regime. He added that he will continue teaching at NIDA as normal and still supports the junta.   “I supported the coup d’état and still support the government, but if there’s something wrong or unjust, I don’t have to kiss [the military’s] top boot,” posted Arnond.   In an interview with the Standard, Arnond revealed that his decision to resign came after a university executive asked him to delay publishing the results of the poll...


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