Self-promotion: I had a story over at the Wall Street Journal‘s Scene Asia blog on Tuesday about Bangkok’s new Hansar Hotel. It’s called “No. 1, Naturally.”
Just briefly: Here’s a story I did for GlobalPost about Chuvit Kamolvisit, whose campaign posters are surely familiar to Bangkok residents.
In an interview, the former “King of Commercial Sex” discussed not just his fight against corruption, but he also touched on Abhisit, Thaksin, Yingluck, and more.
The BBC has this story today:
Investigators in Thailand have reversed an earlier finding into the killing of a Reuters cameraman during red-shirt anti government protests last April.
Officials from the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) now say Hiro Muramoto was shot by an AK47, a gun not used by Thai soldiers.
An earlier leaked report blamed the military for shooting the cameraman.
Critics say the investigations into how 89 people died in last year’s protests have been hurt by interference.
Hiro Muramoto, a Japanese cameraman working for Reuters, was killed on 10 April last year.
Thai soldiers were trying to clear many thousands of anti-government protesters, known as red-shirts, from the streets of Bangkok.
They failed – five soldiers died in the attempt and 20 civilians.
Mr Muramoto died from a bullet through his chest.
An earlier finding by the DSI had concluded this was fired by an M16 from an army-held position that night. Witnesses from the scene agreed.
The military was unhappy with that finding and army sources have told reporters that a military officer was assigned to help the DSI’s investigation.
Photo: Reuters via BBC.
I have a story in today’s Wall Street Journal about Gaggan, a new Indian molecular gastronomy restaurant here in Bangkok. The piece is online and also appears in print in today’s Asia edition.
Just for kicks: Here’s a lighthearted CNNGo story I wrote recently. It’s called “8 things you might not know about Pantip Plaza.”
From the intro:
Pantip Plaza is Bangkok’s most infamous IT-related shopping center. Located in a drab, five-story building on Petchaburi Road, it houses hundreds of shops selling computer hardware, software –- both pirated and legit — accessories and other tech-related gadgets.
Nearly every Bangkok resident, not to mention tech-loving tourists who have done even a tiny bit of research, knows that if you need new gear for cheap, go to Pantip. But while the shopping center is well-known to many, the fluorescent and neon-lit space still holds a few surprises.
Here are some of Pantip Plaza’s lesser-known qualities.
And one of my favorite tidbits:
8. Pantip is featured in the chorus of a popular Thai rock song
Several years ago, Thai band Loso — as in, the opposite of “high so,” or “high society” — recorded a popular tune called “Pantip.” In the chorus, the singer says he’ll go shopping with his girlfriend anywhere in Bangkok — except Pantip, since an ex-girlfriend works there.
Check out the video above. An english translation of the lyrics can be found at www.ethaimusic.com.
RSS readers: If the embedded video doesn’t show up here, you can find it on YouTube.
I’ve got a new story in the global edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The headline is “A Singapore University Plans Its First Residential Colleges.”
Here’s how it starts:
Many of the world’s leading Western universities are reaching out to the East, setting up campuses and forging relationships in Asia. But one renowned Asian university is looking to the West for inspiration as it builds four residential colleges using a North American and British hybrid model.
The flagship National University of Singapore will kick off a phased opening of the city-state’s first residential colleges in August 2011. It is a unique arrangement in a place where many students live at home, and those who do stay on the campus are ensconced in dormitories. The project, known as University Town, will eventually house some 4,100 students in the four colleges and a graduate residence.
The awards, which were given out last month, go to freelance cameramen and camerawomen.
Roger captured some compelling footage for the Wall Street Journal during the Red Shirt protests last spring.
This WSJ video, embedded below, contains some of his work.
I also suggest checking out this BBC story and accompanying video, in which Roger discusses covering the events.
Cool Tools: Hands-Free Phone-Interview Setup:
It’s a serious issue in contemporary journalism: how do you record phone interviews while using a headset?
Related Newley.com post: Some thoughts on audio recorders.
BANGKOK–Criticism over Thailand’s efforts to curb political debate online is mounting as the government restricts thousands of websites following deadly protest clashes earlier this year.
Thai authorities say they have blocked at least 40,000 Web pages this year, according to the government’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, which monitors the Internet. Free-speech activists say authorities are blocking at least 110,000 sites, based on government disclosures and spot checks online.”
The piece also includes this video featuring an interview with PM Abhisit Vejjajiva:
Related Newley.com post here.
Given my previous dispatches pointing out interesting tidbits from the Bangkok Post, I would be remiss if I failed to note that yesterday’s edition featured 3D images. E&P explains here. ((Related (kind of): On the Media‘s excellent episode, from July 16, about the future of newspapers.))
Yesterday was the Post‘s 64th anniversary, and the paper was delivered with accompanying 3D glasses affixed to a special outer advertising supplement. 3D photos were used in the supplement as well as throughout the paper itself.
Here’s a cell phone pic:
So how did the 3D effect work? It seemed, well, fine to me — though I must say that I have never seen a newspaper in 3D, so I have nothing to which I can compare the experience.