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Cartoon was crass given Thai-Saudi relations are already on thin ice 

Oct 14. 2018
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As if the relationship between Thailand and Saudi Arabia is not strained enough, The Nation’s cartoon on October 11 tries to sever it. 

The editorial cartoon depicts a Saudi man reassuring a uniformed Turkish officer that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. As proof he flourishes five items of luggage crammed with body parts. I was dumbfounded. How can The Nation allow this to be published? I’m not sure if discretion comes from nature or nurture, but either way the cartoonist apparently doesn’t possess it.

Let me tell you this: a great joke is one that not only provokes laughter from readers but also from the butt of the joke. Do you think Riyadh is laughing?

Somsak Pola

Samut Prakarn

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