Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Are we seeing the end of the free Thai media?

Is this a signal that we are going to see the end of the free Thai media with the current military junta in place?

Pointing readers to a post made by the Southeast Asian Press Alliance on the issue, here's Freedom Watch, the institutional blog of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility:

Thai junta blocks Thaksin interview

Thailand’s military leaders on 15 January moved to block CNN broadcasts of the cable network’s exclusive interview with deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, less than a week after warning the Thai press about giving the ousted leader such access to the media. Thai papers are reporting that the Council for National Security (CNS), as Thailand’s ruling military council is known, had asked for the “cooperation” of UBCTV, Thailand’s leading cable service provider, to pull the interview everytime it gets play from CNN. As of 16 January, the 3-minute segment was still being replaced by still images with no news audio.

Click here for more. Visit also the blog of the Bangkok-based SEAPA for more details. Freedom Watch also carries the transcript of the controversial interview.

Also got this Youtube video of the interview from Freedom Watch:

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