#PRESS.FREEDOM | The big issue: A not-so-free press | Bangkok Post: opinion


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Le Premier ministre a expliqué que les journalistes peuvent être idiots, ce qui est vrai, et le chef de la police …..

The prime minister explained that reporters can be idjits, which is true, and the soon-to-be police chief said reporters are the reason he can’t catch the Yellow T-Shirt Guy, which is not. All in the game, as we shall see, but the most devastating blow in decades to freedom of the press in Thailand came from … the press.

Le Premier ministre a expliqué que les journalistes peuvent être idiots, ce qui est vrai, et le chef de la police dès-à-dire les journalistes sont la raison pour laquelle il ne peut pas prendre le jaune T-shirt Guy, qui est pas. Tout dans le jeu, comme nous allons le voir, mais le coup le plus dévastateur depuis des décennies à la liberté de la presse en Thaïlande est venu de … la presse.

Le Premier ministre a non seulement dit la vérité à la puissance de la presse, il était peut-être l’attaque la plus forte et la plus crédible sur les médias depuis les jours de la Gen Sarit originale. Voilà parce qu’il l’a soutenu par ramasser un de ses meilleurs ennemis de journaux connus, jetant une cagoule sur la tête et le conduire quelque part pendant trois jours et deux nuits.

The prime minister not only spoke truth to the power of the press, it was perhaps the strongest and most credible attack on the media since the days of the original Gen Sarit. That is because he backed it up by picking up one of his best known newspaper foes, throwing a hood over his head and driving him off somewhere for three days and two nights at charm school, aka attitude adjustment.

OK, Gen Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha didn’t literally do all that all by himself. You already know that. All he actually did was to establish the regime that gave himself the only power to have it done in the government’s name.

Before spiriting away The Nation’s pestiferous columnist Pravit Rojanaphruk, the general PM ordered behavioural modification classes for two former Pheu Thai party MPs, smiling Pichai Naripthaphan, once minister of energy, and scrappy Karun Hosakul of Don Muang. Pravit was next to be admitted to Gen Prayut’s classes, causing more of a stir.

Gen Prayut had not ordered journalists to undergo psychological warfare assaults since shortly after the coup. But Pravit’s detention came along with an extraordinary verbal assault by the prime minister on critics in general and the media specifically.

He suggested people with suggestions about how to improve the regime could improve their personal safety by remaining silent. To put it another way: He will “summon” anyone he feels is disrupting the government and military’s pious and sincere efforts to restore peace in Thai politics. No Pheu Thai arrestees were harmed in making this policy, but are “requested” to refrain from criticising the military regime and “asked” to sign a promise, although not in actual blood.

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