The list of apologies of false accusations, hate speeches, or inaccurate information made by Thai media.
Year 14th, Issue No. 4655
Thursday, June 21st, 2001
Images of Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh and Wat Phra Dhammakaya as shown on the television program “Sarakhan” (airing on October 16, 1999; November 1, 1999; and December 1, 1999) have brought damages to the reputation of Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh and Wat Phra Dhammakaya.
The program has since acknowledged that its actions were indeed inappropriate. The executive committee of the Nation Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. and Mr. Krissana Chairat, the show’s newscaster, are truly ashamed of their actions and would like to apologize to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh for everything that has occurred and thank Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh for not pursuing criminal or civil charges against Nation Broadcasting Corporation Ltd., the executive committee, and Mr. Krissana Chairat.
Saturday, 19th July 2003
Year 26, Issue 9262
From August to November 1999, contents published in Matichon newspaper referenced Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Luang Por Dhammajayo) using derogatory terms, e.g., the scandalous temple, the scandalous establishment; referred to Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh as Mr. Chaiyaboon or head of the disreputable establishment; and accused him of investing in the stock market and transferring temple’s funds to women. Such utter disrespect when Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh is an ordained Buddhist monk. Therefore, a request for legal punishments against Matichon was filed at the criminal court.
Matichon newspaper and Mr. Suchart Srisuwan–the editor, have admitted that the published materials were misleading, which led to the public’s misunderstanding of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh and damages to their good name. Matichon would like to sincerely apologize to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh and thank them for their forgiveness.
Wednesday, 10th July 2002
Year 25, Issue 8888
On 23rd September 1999, Matichon newspaper reported that the headman of Moo 4 village in Koh Yao-noi District of Phang Nga Province colluded with Wat Phra Dhammakaya to purchase 700 rai (277 acres) of preserved land in Khuan Chuk National Park. It reported (a) a certificate of utilization (NS3K) was issued to Wat Phra Dhammakaya without transparency, (b) local residents were intimidated into selling their land to Wat Phra Dhammakaya in order to construct a resort adjacent to a mosque, (c) corals were excavated to decorate the resort, (d) a barrage was built to keep sea water out, and (e) a reservoir was built to store fresh water, causing a water shortage for the local residents. These reports are inaccurate due to a severe misunderstanding by Mr. Choti Thongyoi, the person who provided these inaccuracies to the newspaper.
Both parties have now resolved their misunderstanding. Matichon would like to clarify to the general public that the headman of Moo 4 village and Wat Phra Dhammakaya did not commit any of the aforementioned actions.
Friday, 10th March 2000
On 2nd July 1999, Matichon newspaper published a transcript of the following interview.
“Someone disclosed that during a police investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Song Vacharasriroj, a well-known investor and close disciple of [Venerable] Dhammajayo, is the elder brother of Phra Somchai Thanavuddho, a monk at Wat Phra Dhammakaya; there were speculations that he invested the temple’s money in the stock market because previously there was criticism as to where he had acquired so much money and that he had donated more than 100 rai (~40 acres) of land to the temple.”
Matichon re-examined the facts and found them to be inaccurate. In fact, Mr. Song Vacharasriroj is neither an investor nor has he ever invested any money from Wat Phra Dhammakaya in stocks. Publishing such inaccurate information has brought damages to Mr. Song Vacharasriroj’s name and reputation.
This notice is being published by Matichon so its readers are aware of the truth, and to sincerely apologize to Mr. Song Vacharasriroj as well.
Sunday, 20th July 2003
Year 26, Issue 9263, Page 10
From August to November 2000, contents published in Matichon newspaper used disparaging terms to refer to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Luang Por Dhammajayo), e.g., the scandalous temple, the scandalous establishment; referred to Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh as Mr. Chaiyaboon or head of the disreputable establishment; and accused him of investing in the stock market and transferring temple funds to women. These disrespectful terms were used despite Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh’s status as an ordained Buddhist monk. Therefore, a request for legal penalization against Matichon was filed at the criminal court.
Matichon newspaper and Mr. Suchart Srisuwan—the editor, have admitted that the printed materials were misleading, which led to public misunderstanding of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh, and damages to their good name. Matichon would like to sincerely apologize to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh and thank them for their forgiveness.
Year 52, Issue no. 17691
Wednesday, 3rd October 2001
The cover of Siamrath Weekly, Issue No. 13, running from Sunday, 29th August to 4th September 1999, showed the face of Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh photoshopped onto the body of a naked man sitting cross-legged on a bed of nails in an act of self-mortification, with the caption “tantang saranang gachhami” in order to mislead people into believing it was Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh. The manipulated photo comprises of two unrelated photos pieced together, as Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh has never taken such a photo or conducted himself in this manner. The photo has caused damage to Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh’s good name.
Siamrath Co., Ltd, owner of Siamrath Weekly magazine, and Mr. Sakda Noppakade would like to seek forgiveness from Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh for publishing the abominable photo and to express their deepest gratitude for his forgiveness. Therefore, they would like to inform the public of their error.
Additionally, under the magazine’s column “Perd Kabuan” (Open Review) by Mr. Sakda Noppaked, insulting words were directed toward Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh: “The Dhammakaya folks and community of phony monks must be euphoric that their phony monk was released on bail.” However, the truth is Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh is a genuine monk who earnestly adheres to the Monastic Discipline (Vinaya) and has made great contributions to Buddhism.