Veteran journalist Yuwadee Tunyasiri passes away early today

Yuwadee Tunyasiri, a former senior reporter at Bangkok Post Newspaper, died early this morning at  Phramongkutklao Hospital seven days after she was rushed to the hospital after suffering gastrointestinal bleeding.

The 71-year-old veteran journalist passed away peacefully at 03.00am today at the hospital’s intensive care unit after she suffered severe blood loss and oxygen depletion in her brain.

She became unconscious since she was admitted to the ICU ward on March 3.

Mrs Yuwadee has been covering political news at the Government House for over 40 years, after her graduation from Thammasat University’s Mass Communications Faculty.

She first worked at the English newspapers Bangkok World and later Bangkok Post after it was taken over by Bangkok Post.

The respected reporter covered the Government House beat until recently.

Despite being the spouse of former permanent secretary to the Defence Ministry Gen Sirichai Tunyasiri, Yuwadee is known for posting critical questions to the ruling junta government. She has engaged in several arguments with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha over news issues deemed sensitive.

But the veteran on the Government House beat for four decades was later banned from there last November on the grounds that she was retired and did not have a valid affiliation from her news office.

The government imposed stricter regulation on journalists entering Government House, and journalists wanting to enter must exchange their identification cards with entry card.

Such regulation thus discouraged her from covering her routine job there as usual. She refused to exchange card and chose to stay at the Journalist Association instead.

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