Fair enough I suppose, but if a country is worried about it's image clean it the fuck up!
I didn't know there was anything else to see in Bangkok....The article states that our book "discusses negative subjects such as fake goods, gambling, gay performances, touts and scams, and places such as Patpong, Nana, and Khaosan Road", and singles out a photograph that shows a bar girl on a farang's (foreigner's) lap.
ah, it's their country, they can ban it.
just makes them look pretty ridiculous, but whats new!
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Now THAT'S a job
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And I thought publish meant to print and distribute.Ladda is quoted as saying: "According to the constitution, the press has freedom to publish. So, all we can do is to take the problematic books off the shelf."
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More censorship...what's new?
It's funny that it caused offense when you have the likes of Stephen Leather, Christopher G. Moore and all those awful "Hardship Postings," "Guide to Pattaya" books on the shelves. The fact that those books AREN'T ILLUSTRATED may be the reason the Thai Moral Police overlooked them! The authors should have been more explicit and stated that the Thai police are the main reason why corruption, piracy, drugs, gambling, and prostitution continue to proliferate in Thailand. Surely the Ministry of Culture knows that!
But they DO reflect negatively on Thai people and culture! Who is it that allows these things to happen in Thailand: the people. Shame, shame. And nice, upstanding Thai folks (there are 3-4 of them someone told me ) have to bear the brunt of the cracked society they helped create.As journalists who take their trade and their subject - Bangkok - seriously, we saw fit also to address everyday urban phenomena such as pollution, street dogs, gambling and piracy. All of these topics, for better or for worse, are realistic parts of Bangkok's landscape, and do not reflect in any negative way on the Thai people or on Thai culture.
banging the gong...
Ok, ok...I'll buy the frekin' book!
i think we can safely assume then, that it's not REALLY banned at all!
Even better, the publishers are offering to sell the book direct with FREE shipping to Thailand.
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don't let that 'cultural monitor' find out!
oops...had net issues...
We are being watchedOriginally Posted by Unwell
That's not the Thai way mate.Fair enough I suppose, but if a country is worried about it's image clean it the fuck up!
hey, has ken stole your password?
Why would he do that? He knows all he has to do is ask.hey, has ken stole your password?
Or would you like to swing on a star?
Oh really? They should adopt the Chinese tactic then. Seriously - there's no corruption, prostitution or crime in China. None whatsoever. Those mining disasters this month? Not true. All fabricated.Originally Posted by blackjack