Double standards

4 02 2010

The Abhisit Vejjajiva government has acknowledged that red shirt campaign on double standards in the legal system has been effective. By emphasizing an issue that resonates with millions of Thais and by holding many small rallies that avoid the use of the Internal Security Act, the red shirts have hit upon a quite powerful strategy.

The success of the campaign is revealed in a story in The Nation (4 February 2010), where the government is reported as launching a “media blitz” to counter the red shirts.

According to the prime minister’s propaganda and media control tsar Sathit Wongnongtoey, next week a “publicity campaign aimed at dispelling lingering doubts about injustice and double standards regarding two high-profile cases against rival political camps…”. The two cases are related to the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s seizure of the airports and the Thaksin Shinawatra assets case.

According to Sathit, the publicity blitz is designed to explain the judicial proceedings related to the [two] cases…”. He says that the “red shirts are trying to smear the judicial system and the government is obligated to explain the facts in order to counter any attempts to politicise the judiciary…”. Who could have thought the judiciary politicized? PPT does.

Sathit acknowledges the power of the red shirt campaign and says that “members of the public needed to access pertinent facts in order to form a judgement…”.

It is reported that the “government’s publicity campaign will be presented in various programming formats through print and broadcasting outlets.” PPT readers might recall that once, Sathit said he was going to free up the media. Not now, as the government uses it relentlessly to push its messages and to promote royalism.

Remember when Thaksin was accused of trying to control the media? Where are those complaints now that a royalist government is in place? More double standards at work.


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6 11 2013
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6 11 2013
Partisan judges | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] who preside over kangaroo courts and dispense “justice” as a commodity and with a set of double standards that are lamentable in the region and […]




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