Right here, right now: Searching for Jakrapob evidence - 13:21, April 29, 2009
A source informs us that the Special Branch police are at this moment raiding BBC offices in Bangkok, looking for evidence against Jakrapob.
This is an interesting development, if true, because in the Thai language media there were a couple stories about how a committee was set up to look into Thaksin and Jakrapob's recent statements that could be perceived as lese majeste.
In the stories, it said that it would be hard to get a foreign journalist to corroborate what Thaksin and Jakrapob said, as in a sworn deposition or as witnesses, because the farang value system is different than the Thai one, and the foreign media would protect them just for speaking their minds or having an opinion on the subject. In other words, it would be difficult for a foreign journalist to testify against Thaksin and Jakrapob over a lese majeste charge in an interview, especially outside the country.
If you take these stories with this the raid on the BBC, it seems like they are hunting for direct evidence instead testimony as to what they said, or it could be intimidation.
The Thai media--Nation Group and Manager Group-- has really been ramping up the rhetoric against the foreign media. And, as far as I know, Jonathon Head, still has lese majeste charges against him too.
I think Abhisit would be an idiot to go after the BBC, but, I guess, stranger things have happened.
If the story is true, Suthichai Yoon and Thanong will be dancing on the rooftops.