State Media Under the Democrats
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State Media Under the Democrats

Thaksin was often accussed of using the state media to benefit him politically. Back then, the Democrats were critical of this. When the Democrats came to power, reforming the state media was one of their priorities. 

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In February, Satit (the relevant Minister), said he wanted to  ”stop political influence from plaguing” NBT and that the state media should ”present balanced and rounded stories”.

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Now, after Thaksin’s phone-in, Satit again:

The government will use state media to counter the “air war” tactics being employed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his loyalists, PM’s Office Minister Satit Wongnongtaey said yesterday. He said the government would show the public how Thaksin was trying to hamper its efforts to salvage the economy by pushing the country into deeper political conflict with the help of the red shirts, who continue staging rallies across the country. Thaksin himself has been using frequent phone-in events to stir political unrest.

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BP: So won’t the state media just then be a tool of the government? Hardly, a sign of change….