More on Pravit I

16 09 2015

The Bangkok Post has a different take on Pravit Rojanaphruk’s departure from The Nation.

It states that it was not “audience” that demanded the departure of Pravit from The Nation but pressure from royalists in the newspaper and its business group. The report states that Pravit “quit the newspaper after being heavily criticised by a group of staff members led by well-known TV host Kanok Ratwongsakul who works for the same firm.”

Rightist and royalist Kanok is reported as stating that “there was a movement by a large group of staff members at his company calling on management to distinguish between Pravit’s personal opinions stated in his personal capacity on social media and his professional opinions.”

In the worst fascist tradition, writing on Facebook, Kanok demanded censorship:

“Why does the company have to always protect him in the name of media freedom?” Kanok wrote on Facebook. Kanok described Pravit as a person with cynical views whom the majority of the people at The Nation could not agree with.

“Why hasn’t The Nation tried to stop him [Pravit] as he has always expressed his opinions in a way that insulted the consensus on issues among the majority of people in society, especially when he made opinions critical of the monarchy?” Kanok added.

“I wonder if the scope of media freedom is that broad?” he wrote.

Fascists in Thailand are always prepared to use the name of the monarchy when attacking those they view as opponents.

Of course, it is Kanok who mixes his “journalism” with his rightist political views on a regular basis. His call for censorship of alternative views is indicative of the cynicism and intolerance of Thailand’s royalist fascists that has so often led to military-instigated massacres of those they cannot tolerate.

The Post publishes a picture of Kanok embracing royalism and fascism with anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban, clipped below.

Royalist fascism

Clipped from the Bangkok Post

With 3 updates: Pravit out of The Nation

16 09 2015

Pravit Rojanaphruk has let it be known that he has left The Nation. We understand he will appear on the BBC at 8 p.m. Bangkok time. Should be an interesting interview.

Update 1: Earlier, The Nation reported that the military junta had released Pravit, Karun Hosakul and Pichai Naripatapan “after getting them to sign an undertaking to desist from any move or expression of opinions opposing the junta’s road map.”

Pravit reportedly “signed an agreement not to lead, participate or assist any anti-coup movement. The NCPO also filed a pending police complaint against him, which would be activated if he violates the NCPO’s order again…”.

The Dictator and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the released detainees “have to comply with the pact in relation to some personal activities, such as informing the NCPO when planning to travel abroad.” In addition, he affirmed that the junta “has the authority to freeze their bank account if it finds their movements suspicious.”

He warned that if they don’t do as they are ordered, “they have to go to court. There’ll be no more negotiation…”.

This is part of a pattern of ever-deepening repression.

Update 2: Prachatai has more on Pravit’s departure from The Nation. Pravit says “he was forced to quit his job at The Nation Newspaper after he was detained incommunicado by the military.” The pressure on him came from “The Nation Group pressured him to resign due to pressure from the audience.” The “audience” is described as mostly “right-wing, pro-coup royalists…”.

Update 3: PPT is unable to discover if Pravit did appear on the BBC. However, there is a BBC story about his departure from The Nation, where it is reported:

… his belief in democracy remained unchanged. The media had a responsibility to ensure that Thais do not think of military rule as a “normal situation”….

Discounting love for the king

19 04 2015

We were interested to see that The Nation is advertising a discount on We Love the King caps at its NStore.

This is either a great bargain for dedicated monarchists or a measure of the decline of the monarchy.

Discounting the king

The Nation supports the dictator

10 06 2014

PPT understand that the media is under heavy repression. We recognize that much of the alternative media has been crushed under the military junta. However, we also see considerable divergence in the manner in which the maintsream media reports on the coup and its military dictatorship. Some push the envelope a little, including the Matichon Group.

But not The Nation. Ever the promoter of anti-democratic movements, The Nation has begun salivating on the boots of the military. Take this story, which could easily have appeared in the pages of some state-sponsored media such as The New Light of Myanmar when it was in full-throated support of the military dictators in pre-reform Burma. We haven’t touched up this piece of junta propaganda except to highlight the syrup and treacle:

The person behind the success of the TV programme “Return Happiness to the People” – which featured a one-hour speech by National Council for Peace and Order chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha – is none other than Prayuth himself.

The show, aired on all digital TV channels last Friday, has become the talk of the town and left people asking this question: Who is the producer?

Prayuth did not look stiff like he did when he last appeared on television. He seemed relaxed and one could sense his aura of power, his command and confidence.

The Army chief did not hire advisers, a public relations team or an event organiser to help him produce and direct the programme or write the script, as some politicians choose to do to ensure success.

A source said that the show was Prayuth’s idea – he came up with the programme – and wrote the lyrics of the song “Return Peace to Thailand”, which has been viewed more than 200,00 times on Youtube.

Reassuring lines such as “we offer to take care and protect you with our hearts” and “give us a little more time” shows the Army chief’s soft and sensitive side.

“He wanted a song which expressed his feeling for the people… a song which Thai people listen to and then begin to love each other again,” Colonel Krisada Sarika, head of the Royal Thai Army band said.

Prayuth has said he was inspired to deliver the weekly programme by his meetings with government agencies to brainstorm on how to move the country forward.

He also stays up-to-date with what’s happening and checks on his public approval rating by getting as much information as possible from social media, television programmes, magazines, newspapers or any publications that discuss the military’s work after it seized power.

He has proven to be a general with an eye for detail in everything he does, even though his critics often cite his bad temper as one of his weaknesses.

Prayuth demands perfection from people who work with him and his subordinates.

The NCPO chief must have paper and a pencil on his desk to jot down points he wants his team to get details on, an NCPO source revealed.

After the Office of the Army Secretary gets the details, they are submitted to Prayuth for a final check.

Channel 5, which is run by the Army, finds pictures and clips to match the content that Prayuth wants to discuss on ‘Return Happiness to the People’. Its news team, producers, technicians and programming staff then join forces to make the show.

Channel 5 hailed Prayuth for making their life easy, as the whole programme was shot in one go without cutting, the source said.

As a TV host with important messages to pass on to the community, Prayuth has demonstrated he knows what he is doing.

Since seizing power on May 22, the military has gone out of its way – holding concerts with dancing soldiers, showing old movies, giving free food to people, seeking a return to happiness, and trying to bring unity and dissolve political colours. But critics say the military will only achieve this by bridging social and economic disparities that all Thais face.

This stuff is the work of sycophants, not the repressed. Prayuth’s press is sounding like that for a new king.

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