Remembering Thaksin as PM: Thaksin Clamps Down on the Media

It was 13 years ago that Thaksin’s “one-man democracy” really started to pressure the media.

The Bangkok Post editor was fired, webboards were flooded with pro-government posters and pressured to shut down, TV shows featuring political analysis were removed from the airways, polling organizations were raided, iTV’s investigative reporting was silenced, and critical reporters found themselves on lists to be investigated for money laundering.

There was both paranoia and alarm at how fast Thai Rak Thai was consolidating media power in an attempt to create a one party juggernaut–probably in the mold of Malaysian or Singapore-style democracy.

Thaksin and Absolute Power

The dark age of cowardly dumbed-down TV

The Nation’s free press banner boards down

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