A towering figure in comic journalism, Chai Rachawat has for decades amused readers with the wit and jabbing satire of the endearing characters in the Phuyai Ma Kab Thung Ma Mern cartoon in the mass circulation Thai Rath daily. The cartoonist's recent "evil woman" remark on his Facebook page has upset Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who has filed a defamation lawsuit against him. In an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post, Chai Rachawat, whose real name is Somchai Katanyutanan, speaks for the first time since the controversy broke. He stands by his remarks and says he has no regrets.
Chai Rachawat draws the main characters, Ai Joy and Phuyai Ma, in the famed political cartoon series, Phuyai Ma Kab Thung Ma Mern, in the Thai Rath newspaper. NITIKORN KRAIVIXIEN
Many people who criticise the prime minister haven't been sued. Why Chai Rachawat, of all people?
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