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The Bangkok Post reports:
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State-run media company MCOT Plc is coming under fire after its radio station broadcast an interview with ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in which he said he was ready to negotiate with all sides of politics.
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Thaksin gave the interview yesterday on the radio programme Exclusive by Chom Phetpradab which airs on MCOT’s FM 100.5, upsetting Deputy Prime Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey, who is in charge of state media.
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Mr Sathit questioned how Thaksin’s interview was allowed to go to air on a state radio station.
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He said he had instructed the agency to hand him the Thaksin interview for examination.
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Mr Sathit wrote on his Twitter page yesterday: “Today [Sunday] has a
/>problem at MCOT, tomorrow [Monday] it has to have an explanation [on
/>the issue which is] … now under examination.”
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Mr Sathit said MCOT staff were not aware Thaksin would give an interview as the host had not notified the agency.
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MCOT executives informed the deputy prime minister of the interview
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/>Mr Sathit said. He insisted the government did not mind if its opponents or the opposition wanted to give interviews to state media.
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But he said the case of Thaksin was sensitive as he had been convicted of a crime and was a fugitive.

/>BP: This is actually the second time that Jom has tried to interview Thaksin. The first time was when he was with TIIV just after the 2007 election. Back then, he flew to Hong Kong to interview Thaksin. The interview was not aired and then replaced at the last minute (after it had been conducted) so no wonder he didn’t tell anyone then.
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/>btw, since the September 2006 coup, has state radio or TV (mainstream as in not on satelite and a normal non-community radio station) been able to broadcast an interview with Thaksin? (ie not including this interview on MCOT)
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/>btw, to what lengths will the Abhisit government go to keep Thaksin off-the-air