Media Censorship and Self Censorship: What Is the Role of Thailand’s Public Broadcasters?


Media Censorship and Self Censorship: What Is the Role of Thailand’s Public Broadcasters?
A panel discussion


8pm, Thursday March 28, 2013
(Please see pricing and reservation procedure below)
First it was a soap opera Nua Mek 2 on Thailand’s channel 3 that was yanked off the air after its 9th episode (there were 12 in all), as was quoted in the press the content of the show had violated the Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations Act. In particular it was Section 37 which bars broadcast content that seeks to overthrow the constitutional monarchy, threatens national security or morality, constitutes profanity or harms people’s mental or physical health. Social media buzzed with speculation to “political interference” while audiences were left with a real life cliff hanger.

Just a few months, later the popular Thai talk show “Tob Jote Prathet Thai” or roughly translated to “Answering Thailand’s Issues” on Thai PBS held a 5 episode week long discussion about the role of the constitutional monarchy in Thailand. Featuring several well known figures, it was heralded as a breakthrough for open discussion about a topic that is seen as the most sensitive issue in the Kingdom. When Thai PBS pulled the 5th installment of the program, which it later aired, more drama ensued with the police now combing the series for any lese majeste content. Small protests took place outside of Thai PBS and underscore just what a flashpoint continues to be.

Join us for a panel who will discuss the role of Thai pubic broadcasters and whether their mission is to serve the public by providing factual information and room for debate, upholding the prevailing ideology of the country and its laws, or a combination of the two.

On the panel are:

Supinya Klangnarong, a Thai media rights advocate who is also on Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The Commission oversees all public and private media outlets.

Vornai Vanijaka, a print and TV social and political commentator

Saksith Saiyasombut, Thai political blogger and freelance foreign correspondent

Pricing Details:
Members: No cover charge, buffet dinner is 350 baht
Cover charge for non-members: 350 Baht, Buffet dinner: 350 Baht, for members and non-members alike.

Reservations: To ensure sufficient food for the buffet, we would greatly appreciate your making a buffet reservation at least one day before the program if you plan to join us for the dinner. (No penalty for cancellation if last minute conflicts arise.) Please also note that tables/seats will be reserved only for those with advance buffet bookings. To reserve, please call 02-652-0580-1 or click here to send an e-mail .

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