No democracy! We’re Thais!

30 09 2021

The Education Ministry has decided to get even more censorial as it seeks to “save” Thai students from democratic knowledge.

It is reported that alarmed officials have been spurred into action:

A series of eight illustrated children’s books called Nitan Wad Wang, or “Dream Tales,” is being probed by the authorities for themes deemed critical of the government and sympathetic with the pro-democracy movement. Taking the whole thing very seriously, Education Ministry spokesperson Darunwan Charnpicharnchai said the books could contain information that misleads children without parental guidance.

[Deputy] Education Minister Kalaya Sophonpanich is “extremely concerned” about the books, Darunwan added. A team led by ministerial adviser Phummisan Seneewong Na Ayutthaya will investigate the peril presented by the picture books.

Clipped from Coconuts Bangkok

Now there’s some elite family names! Who better to “save” Thailand’s youth! A person authorized to examine books, films, or other material and to remove or suppress what is considered morally, politically, or otherwise objectionable.

These hi-so so-and-sos have “set up a team to check all novels and comic books to ensure the content does not cause confusion among youngsters.” It seems the team will “examine if children’s books about a terrible dragon and a duck fighting for equality are subversive.” Frankly, we doubt this lot will comprehend the comics as they are written for 5-7 year-olds.

Spokesperson Darunwan came up with what she must think is a brilliant jibe, saying “children should have the liberty to access correct information.” Determining what is “correct” is a task for the crippled minds at the military as she explained that the “team will cooperate with the security affairs division in the investigation.” We assume that this is the military. We suppose it is possible that the Ministry of Education has a “security affairs division,” but that would prompt questions about its task. Whatever, the team will be appropriately royalist and acutely pro-regime.

When the team finds “incorrect information,” it will seek to “take legal action against companies that publish novels and comic books that contain distorted content…”.

We recall that after 6 October 1976, there was a culling of books with “incorrect information.” Next comes the book burning.


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6 10 2021
No democracy! Hagiography! | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Remember the recent ranting by ultra-royalists and dinosaur bureaucrats and senior regime dolts about a series of of eight illustrated children’s books called Nitan Wad Wang, or “Dream Tales?” So incensed were the authorities that they began a probe looking for themes deemed critical of the government and sympathetic with the pro-democracy movement. They were also looking for anything negative about the king or monarchy. […]

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