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Pirongrong Ramasoota

Chulalongkorn University Professor

Pirongrong Ramasoota, PhD, is a professor of communication at Chulalongkorn University and a senior research fellow at LIRNEasi

Pirongrong Ramasoota
16 Apr 2021

As cases rise, so should awareness

With the Songkran celebrations this year becoming subdued from the surging third wave of Covid-19 infections, deemed by health authorities as 10 times worse than last year's outbreak, efforts at controlling the spread of the virus are underway with contact tracing, health surveillance, compulsory quarantining, and lockdowns.

16 Apr 2021 6
29 Dec 2020

The blame game won't cut it with Covid

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), was right in pleading for tolerance and empathy amid anti-Myanmar hate speech and discrimination after the recent surge of new infections centred around Samut Sakhon shrimp market.

29 Dec 2020 13
The blame game won't cut it with Covid
1 Apr 2020

Fighting Covid-19 with clean hearts

Covid-19 is a test for humanity on many levels -- health, management, economy, innovation and more importantly, morality.

1 Apr 2020 13
Fighting Covid-19 with clean hearts
17 Jun 2019

A new 'chill' is coming to Thailand

Given their open and highly-accessible nature, social media platforms — such as Facebook — should be a platform for the promotion of free speech. However, as Thai society gets more polarised and divided along political lines, social media can end up creating a raft of problems that could ultimately lead to the stifling of free speech in an unprecedented manner.

17 Jun 2019 19
A new 'chill' is coming to Thailand
29 May 2019

Will we ever be able to bridge the political divide?

Thais are more politically divided than ever before and the rising animosity between the opposing camps may have reached a critical level, particularly in the online sphere.

29 May 2019 49
Will we ever be able to bridge the political divide?
11 Sep 2018

Disinformation war

Disinformation is false but may also hold back facts or secretly emphasise only one way of looking at them - like propaganda or public relations spins.

11 Sep 2018 8
Disinformation war
22 Jan 2018

Khai Maew, RIP

The cartoonist felt that the humour, satire and criticism conveyed through his cartoons had sparked political interest and participation.

22 Jan 2018
Khai Maew, RIP
4 Aug 2016

Another charter, another emphasis

The 1997 constitution was the people's charter, and in 2007 we had the de-Thaksinisation document. Now we vote on one said to combat corruption.

4 Aug 2016 9
Another charter, another emphasis
16 Jul 2016

Media tremble at NBTC's Section 44 powers

Just as the days count down until the constitutional referendum on Aug 7, the free speech situation in Thai society may again reach a new low with the latest edict passed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

16 Jul 2016 2
Media tremble at NBTC's Section 44 powers
25 May 2016

Lessons from the suicide

The live telecast of the troubled murderer last week came in the context of heavy state restraint and commandeering of public airways, a cultural failing.

25 May 2016 2
Lessons from the suicide