No nicknaming of Thai politicians this year

Reporters on the Parliament beat have decided to skip their annual custom of nicknaming lawmakers and parliamentarians this year because of the May 22 military takeover.

In a statement released yesterday, the reporters said it was their practice to avoid nicknaming lawmakers after important political events, such as the 2006 coup and the dissolution of the House of Representatives in 2013.

This policy is aimed at preventing possible abuse of the monikers the press give - usually out of goodwill - for political advantage, the statement said.