By: Our Correspondent

Asia Sentinel won a prestigious award for excellence in explanatory reporting on Wednesday from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for four stories on the unfolding political crisis in Thailand. It is the second year in a row that Asia Sentinel has been honored by SOPA. Now in their 16th year, the awards are the top journalism prizes in Asia.

The stories went behind the headlines to identify the reasons for Thailand’s political crisis, the motives of the contending forces and the likely outcomes. By necessity, the stories carried no byline because Asia Sentinel pulled no punches in talking about sensitive issues like the monarchy. The award was presented at a gala dinner in Hong Kong and was received by editor-in-chief John Berthelsen.

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This year’s winning stories are:

Thailand’s Opposition Democrats Go Rogue, Nov. 23, 2013

Thaksin’s Enduring Appeal, Dec. 2, 2013

Thaksin: The Thai Monarchy’s Savior? Dec.17, 2013

Thailand: Land of Snarls, Dec. 23, 2013