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Foreign media slammed for intruding on the Mu Pa 13

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The Mu Pa 13 spoke to the Thai and world media on Wednesday night in a one-time-only media conference. Authorities said that it was now time to leave the team alone and let them re-unite with their families and friends, and get back to their studies and football.

The media have mostly respected the wishes and left the team alone – a threat from the Thai Government to prosecute them under Child Protection Laws helped. But there was always going to be the temptation to get the ‘story’. America’s ABC News were the first to transgress on the Government’s and medical authority’s wishes. But there have been other foreign journalists trying to contact members of the team too.

The Justice Department’s deputy permanent secretary Thawatchai Thaikhieu has expressed disappointment at the conduct of some foreign journalists who are defying advice of psychiatrists and child welfare officials against interviewing the young members of the Wild Boars soccer team after they were discharged from the hospital.

“Some foreign media have acted below the professional standard which is something regrettable and unforgivable,” said Mr Thawatchai.  He was apparently responding to an interview that a correspondent of ABC News had with one of the young survivors from Tham Luang cave.

Thai PBS are reporting that the interview has created an uproar on Thai social media after it was aired last night, prompting calls for Thai authorities to take action against the American journalist.

“It is regrettable that foreign media that should be aware of the convention on children’s rights and the process to protect children and youths turnde out to have lower standard than we think. It appears as if they lack common sense and sense of responsibility despite the fact that Thailand has put in place a system to protect this group of children,” wrote Thawatchai in his post.

Child welfare officials and psychiatrists have urged the media to stay away from the 12 young footballers to avoid pressuring them to answer questions that might force them to revisit their harrowing experience.

Here’s the ABC News interview, conducted against the wishes on the Thai Government and officials.


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Mu Pa 13 have 22 film offers awaiting appro

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Looks like we’re going to see many screen adaptions of the ‘Miracle at Tham Luang’ (and whatever other titles they come up with).

22 movie, documentary and book project and ideas, about the Tham Luang cave rescue and life of the 13 young men, have been proposed by both local and foreign studios to the Creative Media Committee. This was confirmed by the Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat today.

In addition, there are 27 TV show programs for the boys and their coach from Thai and foreign TV stations still being considered by the committee.

Thai PBS is reporting that producers are invited to apply for the rights to shoot movies, documentaries or animation films of the dramatic rescue mission, the life of the rescuers and the boys trapped in the cave complex for two weeks during the period between November 15-30.

Minister Veera says foreign producers will have to seek approval from the Ministry of Sports and Tourism whereas the Thai producers must contact the Culture Ministry for approval.

Of the 22 proposed projects, ten are movie projects with five each proposed by Thai and foreign producers and ten documentary projects with the remaining two being book projects.

The minister said the committee agreed that there was no need for the rights to be given to just one producer or studio and all of them would be treated equally.

Studios can start their production based on the information which is already available publicly, but for in-depth information about the private life of the boys, consent from the boys and their parents is needed and also with the approval of the committee which will consider the benefits to be offered to the boys, said Mr Veera.

He stressed that any commercial deals involving the team must be approved by the committee and must have the consent of the boys and their parents.

Mu Pa 13 have 22 film offers awaiting appro | News by The Thaiger

PHOTO: Nation Multimedia

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Mu Pa make their American TV debut and get a surprise visitor

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In their first in-studio interview since their harrowing time in the Tham Luang caves in June/July, the coach and 12 members of the Mu Pa soccer team sat down with American chat show queen, Ellen Degeneres to talk about their experience and how they stayed hopeful for 10 days trapped in the cave. Plus, the boys’ soccer idol, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, stopped by to give the team a surprise.

The former Manchester United star walked into the studio of the Ellen Show where the youngsters and their coach were being interviewed with the help of a translator.

Ibrahimovic, currently playing for the LA Galaxy, then sat down with the Mu Pa 13.

“This is probably the best team in the world,” the Swedish soccer icon told the show.

“This team is braver than me,” Ibrahimovic said.

“They showed their collective team work and had patience.”

The boys told the show when it went to air yesterday, Thai time, that prayer and meditation helped them stay calm during the ordeal. They said that it was now their dream to get a good education and find a job — as well as play professional football — so they can support their families.

Enjoy the show…

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Chiang Rai’s Suwit Jaipom unveils charcoal portrait of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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A Chiang Rai Artists, Suwit Jaipom, has unveiled a portrait of the late HM King Rama IX, that he has recently created to mark the second anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s passing.

At his studio in Ban Pang Lao in the capital district of Chiang Rai, Suwit Jaipom, the president of ArtBridge Chiang Rai and local artist, has created portraits of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He also displayed his new work, a charcoal drawing of the late monarch.

The artist said he began the portrait earlier this week and intended to complete it by October 13, when the nation honors the revered King two years after he passed away.

According to Mr Suwit, he has chosen charcoal made from grape vines as the medium for this drawing while the paper used. The work is set to be displayed to the public for the first time at an exhibition in Chiang Mai.

The artist added that he has named his latest work “Father of the Land” due to his belief that His Majesty will continue to be called ‘father’ by all Thais. In the drawing, King Bhumibol is depicted as smiling as if he is giving his people an assurance that he will always be with them.

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