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Annual 'alias' declaration cancelled

The customary annual bestowing of satirical aliases on politicians by journalists covering Government House and Parliament has been suspended this year.

Journalists covering the two beats yesterday announced they would not announce the "... of the year" and other aliases for senior government officials and lawmakers, as they have previously.

They cited the abnormal political situation, as well as the need to cover the current anti-government protests, which had made it impossible for them to hold their annual "secret meeting" to come up with the aliases. Moreover, as the election date has been set, they did not want the aliases to be used politically.

However, the Parliament reporters released a declaration of their support for a democratic system of government, as the term is internationally defined, saying they could not agree with any other means of governing than those prescribed in the current Constitution.

The traditional bestowing of aliases by political journalists was also skipped after the military coup in 2006, after the House dissolution in 2007 and during the transitions between the Samak Sundaravej, Somchai Wongsawat and Abhisit Vejjajiva governments in 2008.


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