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Text of report by Voranai Wanijaka headlined "Cyber-warrier 001" published by Thailand newspaper Bangkok Post website on 4 December
Democrat Party deputy spokesperson Mallika Boonmeetrakul is fast gaining notice and notoriety for her online crusade to rid the web of lese majeste and is now challenging the government to either do more to police YouTube and Facebook or ban them entirely
In 2004, then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was the first to ask her to get into politics, to run in her constituency in Phayao province.
"He even asked me in the northern dialect since we both are from the North," said Mallika Boonmeetrakul. "I told him no. I wasn't interested."
In 2005, Ms Mallika said yes to Maj Gen Sanan Kachornprasart's Mahachon party, but came in second in the district election. So it was back to working for iTV, as a reporter, news anchor and talk show host.
Then there was the ordeal of the Thaksin government's hostile takeover of iTV - which Ms Mallika called "an accident" - and she found herself venturing again into politics.
This time, she joined the Democrat Party and became an adviser to the Information and Communication Technology Ministry (ICT) during the previous Democrat-led government. She was appointed deputy spokeswoman of the party in 2011 following the July 3 general elections. She has never won a seat in parliament.
Ms Mallika has been described as aggressive, and she lived up to that reputation in a scuffle with Pheu Thai MP Karun Hosakul. On 19 November, Ms Mallika kicked the notorious Pheu …