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By Thongchai Winichakul |
<p>The conflict today is partly the result of the atrocious media, esp TV. The government's &quot;interference&quot; is not the only reason to blame. It is bad enough that the government have the full control of one TV channel with outcries only from a fraction of media professionals and none from media professional bodies. But the media professionals at major newspapers and other TV channels including the ThaiPBS do it out of their own biases and horrible lack of professionalism. The government may take some minutes to tell a lie live on air.</p>
By Achara Ashayagachat, Bangkok Post |
<p>Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of independent Thai online news portal Prachatai, was granted bail this afternoon after the prosecutors eventually filed a lawsuit against her under Thailand&rsquo;s Computer Crimes Act.</p>
<p>Amidst the political polarization that has created deep-rooted divisions in Thai society, the mass media is one factor that has difficulty in denying any responsibility and has been asked serious questions about its role and how it has performed its duty by people who have chosen political sides. At the same time, new media has appeared and individuals&rsquo; preferences in following the news change according to their political stance and access to technology. &nbsp;Pravit Rojanaphruk, senior journalist at The Nation, is one mainstream journalist who has long asked questions about his own professional conduct and criticized the media culture. &nbsp;Prachatai talked to him on the day when every single branch of the media gave space to expressing the importance of the profession, especially the duty of the media in the run-up to an eye-catching day in Thai politics, the day of the red shirt rally on 12 March.</p>
By Lynette Lee Corporal, Asia Media Forum |
<p>BANGKOK, Mar 11 &mdash; Anyone who is still trying to look for neutrality or balance in the Thai media in these days of political ferment, ahead of large anti-government protests expected in the capital, has a pretty tough job.</p>
By Reporters Without Borders |
<p>A Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporter was charged with disinformation&nbsp;for broadcasting a report on a dispute between a Cham Muslim&nbsp;community leader and members of his mosque, media reports said.</p>
<p>A blog is a New Media tool that started many years ago. &nbsp;It may be a diary expressing a person&rsquo;s thoughts or a communications space for a social movement, depending on what the user wants it to be. &nbsp;In some countries they have been very effective.</p>
<p>&lsquo;<a href="">Thai E-News</a>: News about Thailand that you may not have read in the news&rsquo; is the slogan of one of Thailand&rsquo;s leading political websites. &nbsp;It has only content and no web board. &nbsp;It is unabashedly &lsquo;red&rsquo;, but red with a strange smell. &nbsp;It posts critical points of view from all circles.</p>
By tammy ko Robinson, San Francisco Art Institute |
<p>As a fan of Kdrama, indelibly touched like so many others in 2002 who would stop in at some public place or restaurant in South Korea hooked on catching episodes of Winter Sonata while it was being broadcast, I turn to readers and fellow fans to help make sense of what is going on in South Korea.</p>
By Reporters Without Borders |
<p><strong>Press freedom in 2009</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;76 &nbsp; &nbsp;journalists killed (60 in 2008)</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;33 &nbsp; &nbsp;journalists kidnapped</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;573 &nbsp; &nbsp;journalists arrested</p> <p>1456 &nbsp; &nbsp;physically assaulted</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;570 &nbsp; &nbsp;media censored&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;157 &nbsp; &nbsp;journalists fled their countries</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp; &nbsp;blogger died in prison &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;151 &nbsp; &nbsp;bloggers and cyber-dissidents arrested&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;61 &nbsp; &nbsp;physically assaulted</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;60 &nbsp; &nbsp;countries affected by online censorship</p>
By Center for Media Freedom &amp; Responsibility |
<p></p><p>CMFR/PHILIPPINES -The media are demanding justice for the victims of the November 23 Maguindanao massacre in which 31 of the 57 killed were journalists. But in the celebrated Marlene Esperat case, an appellate court in the Philippines granted last 3 December 2009 the motion for issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction filed by the alleged masterminds in the killing of this Sultan Kudarat journalist. Sultan Kudarat is a province approximately 968 kms south of Manila.</p>
<p>A media watchdog has urged the Thai-language Thai Post daily to explain to the public its decision to remove the column of Bai Tong Hang, who eventually resigned from the paper.</p>
By The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) |
<p>The clock is ticking fast, and the Senators are now facing&nbsp;judgment: Are they champions of the people's right to know?</p>