Reporter Infuriated PM for CROSSING LEGS, Gets Banned from Gov’t House

Reporter Infuriated PM for CROSSING LEGS, Gets Banned from Gov’t House

Reporter Infuriated PM for CROSSING LEGS, Gets Banned from Gov’t House
Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

A reporter from Thailand angered Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha for crossing her legs. She eventually got banned from entering the Government House due to her “fake reporting.”

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Officials also condemned her for having “lack of respect.”

According to Coconuts Bangkok, the female reporter works for a Japanese news agency. In an incident in late March this year, she distracted the Thai PM with the way she sat as she crossed her legs.

“Can you not put your leg down?! You’re crossing your legs like that before me,” Prime Minister Chan-o-cha said into the microphone. “Can you? Your leg, your foot. Eh?”

Reports said in a Thai culture, crossing legs is part of the power hierarchy and youth were not supposed to cross their legs in the presence of their seniors.

Meanwhile, spokesperson Natreeya Taweewong said the government now bans the reporter from future press briefings in the House for spreading misinformation about how top officials treat reporters.

“I verbally requested the news agency train her on publishing [incorrect information],” the spokesperson said. “And I asked them to suspend her from reporting inside the Government House until her behavior improves.”

Meanwhile, Thai Journalists Association criticized the reporter for showing a “lack of respect toward her seniors” by crossing her legs.

Reporter Infuriated PM for CROSSING LEGS, Gets Banned from Gov’t House
Photo: Thai PBS News

Banyong Suwanpong of the Association’s ethics committee said the reporter should comply with Thai tradition especially to seniors.