Saksith Saiyasombut
Saksith Saiyasombut (ศักดิ์สิทธิ์ ไสยสมบัติ) is a freelance foreign correspondent and Thai political blogger. Starting out on his personal website Saiyasombut.com in early 2010, Saksith extensively writes about politics, current affairs and freedom of speech issues in Thailand. He is a founding member and head writer of Siam Voices, a collective group blog on social, political and economic issues in Thailand. Siam Voices is hosted on the regional online news and blog network Asian Correspondent. Saksith worked as a reporter for Channel NewsAsia and has covered the visits of US President Barack Obama to Bangkok and Yangon, Myanmar, the anti-government Pitak Siam rally in 2012 the 2013 Bangkok Gubernatorial Elections and the US-Thai military “Exercise Cobra Gold”. He covered the Thai general elections and the flood crisis in 2011 as a producer for IHA, a stringer for Channel NewsAsia and a fixer for ITN. He has also appeared on Al Jazeera English, BBC World Service, Radio Australia, ABC News 24 and Deutsche Welle TV as an analyst and commentator on Thai politics. Prior to blogging, Saksith worked as a local reporter in his hometown Bremen, Germany, and also worked as an editorial assistant for Asia News Network in Bangkok, Thailand. Saksith splits his time between Bangkok, Thailand and Hamburg, Germany, where he is studying Southeast Asian Studies for a Magister Artium degree at Universität Hamburg.