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Altered photos of Thai superstars apparently supporting Phue Thai’s Pongsapat Pongcharoen for Bangkok governor have been appearing on the web. Democrat Sirichoke Sopha believes he has found the culprit who posted the photos. 

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"Seeing is believing?" – Don't believe it

The expression "seeing is believing" is less true than ever in today's digital world. Just about anyone with a computer, a photo imaging program and a bit of skill can produce altered photographs that can fool just about anyone.

From the photo above, it certainly looks like TV star Nadej Kukimiya is a supporter of Pheu Thai's candidate for Bangkok governor Pongsapat Pongcharoen.

However, looking through earlier photographs of the Channel 3 star, we find an identical photo that has nothing to do with politics. Put them together and it is clear the photo supporting candidate number 9 has been doctored.

The photo scam came to light when superstar Thongchai "Bird" McIntyre complained through his Facebook page that a photo on the internet of himself apparently supporting Pol. Gen Pongsapat was altered.
"If you see any photo of me that can be construed as lending support for any candidates for the Bangkok governorship, please understand that it has been digitally touched up," Thongchai wrote.

"I am not involved in the campaign and nor do I support any candidates in particular," he said.

No-one is accusing the Pongsapat campaign of producing or distributing the photographs, but Democrat Sirichoke Sopha believes he has found the culprit.

On his Facebook page, he has posted a screengrab from another Facebook page belonging to a “Red club” which has a UDD logo. The shot shows another altered photo of a superstar, Muay Thai champion Buakaw Por Pramuk.

Mr Sirichoke then combined the altered photo with the original photo and added some words of warning: “Revealed: Mysterious offender claiming stars support Phue Thai is in reality the Red-shirt group, the UDD.”

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

skill – the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training ฝีมือ
fool – to trick somebody into believing something that is not true หลอกลวง, ลวงให้เข้าใจผิด
candidate – a person who is trying to be elected ผู้สมัครรับเลือกตั้ง
identical – exactly the same, or very similar เหมือนกัน, แบบเดียวกัน
doctor – to change a document, tape, film, etc. in order to deceive people ปลอมแปลงเพื่อหลอกลวง
scam – a dishonest plan กลโกง, แผนร้าย
come to light – to be revealed; to make known  ถูกเปิดเผยออกมา
complain – to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
alter – to change เปลี่ยนแปลง
construe – to understand the meaning of something in a particular way วิเคราะห์ ตีความว่า
lend support – to give support ให้การสนับสนุน
touch up
– to make quick change or improvement to the appearance or condition of something ปรุงแต่ง
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
in particular – especially or particularly โดยเฉพาะ, โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่ง
distribute – to give something out to many different places  แจกจ่าย
culprit – someone who has done something wrong ผู้กระทำความผิด

screengrab – an image of the display on a screen  รูปตัวอย่าง, รูปประกอบ หรือรูปตัวอย่างจากที่ใดๆ เช่นภาพจากหนัง เกมส์
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) – the group originally formed to demonstrate against the 2006 coup and which supported the Somchai Wongsawat government against the PAD and which led the fight against the Abhisit government. They are known for wearing red shirts แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาต
combine – to mix or put together รวมกัน
original – the first of something เดิม, แบบฉบับ
reveal – to let something become known แฉ, เปิดเผย
mysterious offender – an unknown wrongdoer มือมืด
claim – to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it อ้าง, แอบอ้าง
reality – what is actually happening ความเป็นจริง

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