Between Thaksin and the junta – who was worse for the Thai media?

Did the media have it better under the regime of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra? Respected media reform advocate Prof Ubonrat Siriyuwasak tells The Nation that as bad as Thaksin had been, the current junta-led regime is worse for having wiped out the constitutional guarantee for all freedoms.

She notes the print media’s apparent indifference to violations against the broadcast news media and the Internet, and deplores what she thinks is the cause – the politicisation of media outlets and organisations, including the Thai Journalists Association and the Press Council, who appeared to have lost their independence.

To find out her suggestions on what the people can do to fight the current assault on media freedom, read the full interview here.


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