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NEW POLICE RULES: No more showing of suspects or victims

Journalists claim new code flies in face of fair and complete reporting. There will be no more pictures in the news of crime suspects covering their faces or of victims.The Royal Thai Police yesterday issued a new regulation on giving information and photo opportunities to the media, in a bid to protect suspects’ and victims’ rights.

MILITARY WARNING: A not so veiled threat for Sondhi

Top brass attacks media tycoon, telling him not to use monarchy in his criticism. Supreme Commander General Ruengroj Mahasaranond yesterday issued a dire warning, saying government critic Sondhi Limthongkul should stop invoking the monarchy or else face the full wrath of the military.

Government TV shows dispel

The government broadcast two special television programmes last night to clarify the conditions surrounding a controversial merit-making making ceremony at the Temple of Emerald Buddha in April, for which Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been heavily criticised.

More lawsuits as PM’s lawyer defends action

Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s lawsuits against media tycoon and critic Sondhi Limthongkul are not part of a government policy to intimidate the media, and he will file another suit next week, the premier’s lawyer said yesterday.

Free speech important,says Abhisit

Opposition Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday gave media tycoon Sondhi Limthongkul his moral support, citing the need to protect the principle of freedom of speech.

Probes up the pressure

Police plan to launch two separate investigations into allegations of lese majeste against government critic Sondhi Limthongkul.

Global report gives warning

The Thai government has alienated the ethnic Malay Muslim population in its violence-torn southernmost provinces and risks attracting the involvement of foreign Islamic extremists unless it softens emergency measures, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG).

Shootings kill 3 in South

Two men on a motorcycle and dressed like college students yesterday fatally shot a Yala police officer – also on a motorcycle – three times in the back. The shooting followed two killings in Narathiwat by gunmen on Thursday, police said.

Gaborone, B’kok to cooperate more

Thailand and Botswana will try to cooperate more in public health and trade, particularly by sharing expertise and human resourcesl, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Virachai Virameteekul said yesterday.

A kingly advice

His Majesty the King yesterday graciously advised the newly promoted top-level military and police officers to realise their greater responsibilities and do their best for the country, which is now facing many dangers.

METRO BRIEFS: BT20 toll extended

Don Muang Tollway Plc will charge the “introductory rate” Bt20 toll for one more month to December 17.

Cigarette charges dropped

Public Health Minister Pinij Charusombat is to drop charges against 7-Eleven convenience stores after CP Seven Eleven Plc announced it would put cigarette packets out of sight behind phone cards.

HIV/Aids victims still shunned: UN

People infected with HIV/Aids in Thailand still face discrimination despite laws and policies to prevent it, according to a United Nations report released yesterday.

Gunmen target family of eight

Two gunmen using automatic weapons fired into a house off Soi Sukhumvit 103 in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district on Thursday night, causing property damage but no injuries.

Leading teacher puts the heat on Wissanu

A leading teacher yesterday called on Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam to step down if a bill to prevent local administrative bodies from taking over public schools failed to pass before the House recesses next month.

Vaccine destroyed

Anti-bird flu vaccine for birds, worth more than Bt300 million and smuggled into Thailand on the Mekong River, has been seized and destroyed, said customs officials.