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    Thai Government ban book on Thailand.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southea.../GL08Ae03.html

    Fair enough I suppose, but if a country is worried about it's image clean it the fuck up!

    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.
    I didn't know there was anything else to see in Bangkok....


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    ah, it's their country, they can ban it.

    just makes them look pretty ridiculous, but whats new!


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    "Ms Ladda Tangsuphachai, director of cultural monitoring at the Ministry of Culture"

    Now THAT'S a job
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    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."
    And I thought publish meant to print and distribute.
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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!

    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.
    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.
    banging the gong...

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    Ok, ok...I'll buy the frekin' book!

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    i think we can safely assume then, that it's not REALLY banned at all!


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    Even better, the publishers are offering to sell the book direct with FREE shipping to Thailand.

    http://www.equinoxpublishing.com/bio/default.htm
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    don't let that 'cultural monitor' find out!


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    oops...had net issues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unwell
    don't let that 'cultural monitor' find out!

    We are being watched

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    Fair enough I suppose, but if a country is worried about it's image clean it the fuck up!
    That's not the Thai way mate.

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    hey, has ken stole your password?


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    hey, has ken stole your password?
    Why would he do that? He knows all he has to do is ask.
    Or would you like to swing on a star?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackjack
    Fair enough I suppose, but if a country is worried about it's image clean it the fruit up!
    That's not the Thai way mate.
    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.

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