|Founded||Thai Rath 25 December 1962;as The Weekly Pictorial 5 January 1950|
Thai Rath (Thai: , lit. Thai State) is a daily newspaper in Thai published in Bangkok and distributed nationwide. The paper is a broadsheet published with two sections. The first section is devoted to news. Although the news section is best known for its sensationalist coverage of crime and accidents, it also includes stories on Thai politics, economy and society. The second section features coverage of sport and entertainment. Thai Rath is the oldest newspaper in their native language (only Bangkok Post, the English-language daily being the oldest published newspaper in the country with a history of more than 60 years) and best-selling newspaper in Thailand, claiming a circulation in excess of 1 million copies daily.
Thai Rath was founded on 25 December 1962 by Kampol Wacharapol. Kampol had started two other newspapers, Khaopap Raiwan (Thai: ?, lit. The Weekly Pictorial), which was published between 1950 and 1958, when the newspaper was shut down by the government. Following the shutdown of the newspaper, and the government did not allow any new newspapers, he "rent" the Siang Ang Thong (Thai: , lit. Ang Thong Voice) newspaper name from Mr. Laor Ketkaew, and the newspaper was published between 1 May 1959 to 25 December 1962.
Thai Rath has been the largest-selling Thai newspaper for decades.
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On August 9, 2020, Thai Rath published a headline that called the Philippines, the country from which 165 Filipino teachers who arrived in Thailand on August 8 came from, as the "land of COVID-19". The headline caused disappointment from some Filipinos, who found the headline discriminatory and xenophobic. Thai journalist Erich Parpart apologized on Facebook for "the idiocracy of [Thailand's] main tabloid".[better source needed] In response, the Philippine Embassy in Thailand sent a letter to Thai Rath regarding the said headline. In the letter, it said that "the characterization is inappropriate, insensitive, and unhelpful", and that the Filipino teachers in question and other Filipinos who will return to Thailand are following Thai government protocols regarding COVID-19.