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Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 4:09am

Thai yellow-shirt founder Sondhi cleared of insulting monarchy

Sondhi Limthongkul at court

A Bangkok court has acquitted the founder of Thailand's monarchist "yellow shirt" protest movement of royal insult charges for repeating excerpts from a speech by a political rival.

27 Sep 2012 - 3:43am

Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ founder cleared of royal slur

Sondhi Limthongkul passes supporters with one carrying the picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the criminal court in Bangkok on Wednesday. Photo: AP

A Bangkok court on Wednesday acquitted the founder of Thailand’s monarchist “Yellow Shirt” protest movement of royal insult charges for repeating excerpts from a speech by a political rival.

26 Sep 2012 - 2:57pm

Talking points

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Developer to discuss new Causeway Bay mall

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Thai university row arouses fear of bloodshed

The Thai political crisis has reached another boiling point, with hardline royalists accusing a group of young law professors from the esteemed Thammasat University of attempting to overthrow the monarchy. These professors, calling their group Nitirat (law for the people), have proposed the amendment of the draconian lese-majeste law.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fears prompt security cocoon around Thaksin

Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you - that is the situation ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra now finds himself in as he settles in Bangkok after 17 months in self-imposed exile.

Security concerns are continuing to dominate Thaksin's daily planning, according to political sources close to his camp.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Cash crunch for media tycoon who led Thaksin protests

PM's pressure on banks is staunching credit, claims publisher

The outspoken publisher who organised a string of massive street protests in Bangkok this year against embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has hit a financial crunch that may shut his English-language newspaper.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Rail merger must put the public first

Time and events seem to have obscured the objectives of the merger of the city's two rail operators. Much has been said about the defining interests of the MTR Corporation's private-sector minority shareholders, but who speaks for the public?

13 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Thaksin's nemesis determined to stay in the limelight

An outspoken publisher with a flair for self-promotion, Sondhi Limthongkul has never shied away from the media spotlight.

In the 1990s, as his Manager Media Group (M Group) expanded beyond Thailand, Mr Sondhi became a fixture on the social circuit in Bangkok and Hong Kong.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Sondhi discovers the virtual wage concept

Hubris is defined by the Oxford Modern English Dictionary as an individual's 'arrogant pride or presumption' that usually proceeds a dramatic fall in the fortunes.

26 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Lots of talk, but where is the money

Sondhi Limthongkul took a last draw of his fat Cohiba, ran his hand absent-mindedly across his carefully-knotted textured gold silk necktie and concluded fatalistically and somewhat prophetically: 'It could be a flop or it could be a boom.' The setting was a capacious suite atop the Grand Hyatt in Taipei last February where Thai media tycoon Mr Sondhi had been expounding the mammoth US$1.5 bil

19 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Thai publisher faces dire financial status

Thailand's deteriorating economy has claimed another victim - the Bangkok-based publishing group Manager Media International (MMI) - which made public its dire financial situation yesterday.

MMI, founded and chaired by Sondhi Limthongkul, announced what it called a 'massive' financial restructuring involving significant capital injections from its parent and outside parties.

8 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Asia Inc to remain a monthly

Manager Group, the publishing group owned by Thai businessman Sondhi Limthongkul, says it will not go ahead with the relaunch of Asia Inc as a weekly magazine.

News of the group's decision, which will see the magazine continue as a monthly, comes amid rumours Mr Sondhi is seeking outside investors for Manager Group.

7 May 1997 - 12:00am

Return of the spin doctor

CHRIS Osborne, former British Foreign Office spokesman in Hong Kong, is returning early next year - though apparently with a more elevated status and a commensurately altered brief. But as the British Government's media helmsman for the handover, we understand he will still be in charge of giving us the correct line through the celebrations - and for around two years after 1997.

17 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Regional daily set for fight

THE first regional daily paper produced by an Asian company, the Asia Times, will today join the media crowd jostling for readers' attention.

6 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

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