Media War

exposing media bias in Thailand

Change is in the air !


apparently there are a lot more  articles by Thai reporters lately – although somehow they are mostly published as Opinions –

which I guess indicates that these are NOT the official line  of each particular newspaper.

I see these as a good signs and hopefully these journalists will help to create a SHIFT in public  perception of and attitudes towards the recent events ?

here they are, with brief quotes :

Justice alone can lead the way

By: Dr. Prawase Wasi – a well-respected senior citizen

A society in which justice is not seen to prevail is bound to be locked in conflict and violence…

The problem of injustice, however, is very complex and consists of many dimensions – from an individual awareness and way-of-thinking level, to the social structure, mechanisms and public policy…  the issue of fairness is much more complicated and difficult to administer…

there is practical suggestion given – 10 areas to concentrate reforms on. Read the whole article !

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the following I think is a DISGRACE to journalism and entirely opposite of  previously mentioned  articles.

the whole article is practically a one big whole DEMONIZATION effort  – nasty dirty trick in argument which instantly discredits the person who uses it !

here is its best part:

The drama of democracy

And as we all saw, there was this woman in red who was screaming at the top of her voice, bansheeing away at a group of residents: “Don’t you care for democracy? We’re fighting for you all. Whose side are you on. Theirs (the military) or ours…” Thwack! One chap punched her smack in the face. Democracy or misogyny in action? Whichever, that shut her up for sure.”  [my personal opinion: coward bastard who is only a hero against woman  – No wonder most of  Thai women gladly prefer farangs ! ]

Alrighty !  I guess – Freedom of Speech in action.  is this guy Thirasant Mann a journalist ?!  0^O

Mind you – this is not an accident or isoleted incident !  see in this video with another so called “reporter” (from channel 5? he looks like wearing military uniform) drags woman by hair because she and her friend confronted his team and accused of BIASED coverage of events !  THIS IS JOURNALISM ?! SHAME on this bastard ! as well as on Thirasant Mann  – the one who wrote the above sh1t. These people have no slightes idea about real basics of true journalism: fairness and non-partisan neutrality ! and it is because of them such a polar antagonizm exists in Thai society and HATE !  WHAT RECONCILIATION can be even discussed – if reporters so SHAMELESSLY take side and impose their lack of civility upon the masses of people ?!

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Big challenge for Abhisit

To prevent Thaksin from manipulating local grievances for his own purposes, the government should take concrete action to win over the trust of moderate reds by listening to their complaints, respecting their legal rights, supporting the search for the missing and setting up a forum for dialogue.

To tackle the root of the reds’ dissatisfaction, the government must confront and fix the structural injustices maintained by social inequalities that are endorsed by what are deemed to be “cultural values”.

Good valid points !

BTW, mentioning of   “Cultural values”  looks like the echo of KhiKwai’s (one of my favorite blogs in Kokosphere!) recent great article:  Thai Culture and Democracy

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Root of the problem: the inability or refusal to adapt

“There is a tendency among people to come up with a mono-causal analysis of problems …  But the real root cause lies in the fact that the existing cultural setup may be lagging behind the process of social transformation in both the domestic and global scenes…  Looking for an answer? Look deeply into the culture and the educational system…

I guess its’ a positive-message article, which at least points out the fallacy of concentrating on single individual (Thaksin), rather than looking deeper (and wider?).

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Now, here is an interesting piece, especially because of its authorship! It is written by Suranand Vejjajiva – yeas, a cousin of Thai PM Abhisit himself, regular columnist on Bkk Post and  and who happens to be one of banned 111 TRT members – on the opposit side from his  more known relative.  🙂

“Suranand Vejjajiva served in the Thaksin Shinawatra cabinet and is now a political analyst”.

alright, here it is:

To heal a wound that has cut Thai society deeply

“Academics, politicians, the media and representatives from all walks of life are airing their opinions and recommendations on what actions the government should now take, ranging from the resignation of the PM, the dissolution of the House of Representatives so that a fresh election can be held, the setting up of political reform forums, to constitution amendments.

In my opinion, whatever course the government takes, Thailand will not be able to resolve the deepening political conflict if we do not sincerely debate, discuss and agree upon certain basic assumptions.

At least three fundamental principles need to be addressed and reaffirmed to be able to start the healing process with the final objective of rebuilding a workable democracy for Thailand.

First, the role of the military in a democracy must be made clear. In principle, the military must act in accordance with the legal boundaries and constitutional requirements while answering to an elected government… military’s role as a security force is also being questioned

Second, in a democracy mob rule cannot dominate. Majority rule and minority rights must be respected. The rule of law must be upheld. Both the red shirts and the yellow shirts overstepped the boundaries

At the same time, the government must open up to take in the concerns of the protesters – red, yellow or any colour and interest. On the part of the red shirts, no matter how emotional people are about ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, in the long run he is the least of the nation’s problems. As I have argued before in previous articles, Thaksin’s interest is a subset of the larger injustice many people who don the red shirt feel…

Anek Laothamatas’ theory of song nakara, literally “two worlds,” provides an analytical framework of the gap that exists between the rural poor and the urban middle class. The divide is exacerbated now by the force of globalised capitalism. The rapid change created insecurity within and between various groups in Thai society: monarchists, the old elite, the military, the technocrats, the new rich, the middle class and the poor, urban and rural.

A reformed political structure must therefore be designed to incorporate, not discriminate, the different concerns and interests. It must be pluralistic in nature with equal opportunity for all to participate in.

The third and probably most important task is to strengthen the institution of the monarchy

The institution of the monarchy must be held high. The rest of us must deal with our disagreements and conflicts under the pluralistic democratic framework. Such is the main feature of a democracy with a constitutional monarchy.

Understandably, these are difficult and sensitive issues that no one person can provide definite solutions to. But only through working together to address and agree upon these fundamental principles can we then start the healing process and permanently mend the deep wound.”

I think it is very intelligent piece and well balanced.  Have his cousion already read it, and would he try to employ these advices ?

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