Thinking differently is a crime

23 10 2010

This link is to a PDF of a report Thailand: Where thinking differently is a crime from the Campaign for Popular Media Reform. The report of 12 pages with high-quality graphics is an investigation of the Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s actions against community radio. The report states:

The Campaign for Popular Media Reform (CPMR) under the Community Radio Watch project has followed up cases of community radio stations being shutdown and the arrest of related persons. We have been visiting the areas to interview the operators of the community radio stations being shutdown and 19 related persons who are imprisoned. We also have monitored the movement and operations of government officials in both Bangkok and the regions. The report of the Community Radio Watch under the political conflict situation is an attempt to indicate the process and pattern of communication blocking, as well as the control of people’s political opinion, being expressed through ‘Community radio’, under the State of Emergency declaration according to the Emergency Decree on Government Administration during States of Emergency B.E. 2548 (2005).

The report lists blacklisted and closed community radio stations and details the state’s harassment of the stations. This is an important documenting of censorship and political repression. Further commentary and debate can be found here and at 2bangkok.com, where the author appears to defends repression by the Abhisit government as some kind of Thai political culture at work: “it is probably important to note that we are in a reactionary time, with epoch-defining events to occur in the near term and a new military clique in the ascendancy…. We can expect more conservatism from the establishment and probably not any revolutionary change in Thai thinking about these issues.” By “Thai thinking, the author means “elite thinking.”

Read the report by CPMR; it is revealing and enlightening.


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