By Frank, Thai Intel’s political journalist
Then if you have a proxy-what ever that is-to get into Thai E-News, there on the side bar, is a list of about 20-30 democratic oriented sites-and if you click them-about 90% is also blocked. The same thing with the internet radio and TV stations at Thai E-News-like most is also blocked.
Outside Thai E-News, the free TV infrastructure is owed by the government or the military. Even cable TV required government approval and supervision. There is no need to go into detail if it is news or propaganda on free TV and Cable news.
Then community radio stations, targeted at the grass roots, most of them have been blocked or under threat of being blocked-for months on end now.
Then at the news stand, most newspaper have lucrative business relations with the government or are anti-Red Shirts and opposition. Only one independent newspaper remains in Thailand and that is the Matichon Group-which is only neutral.
Then with other media produced directly by the Red Shirts-most have been axed a long time ago.
To put it bluntly, the Thai media, about 90% are free-free to attack the Red Shirts and the opposition that is.
The fact is, as one after another freedom of expression units have noted, Thailand’s media is is not free and thus the question, at this point, is that can free election be held when the media is not free?
But the wider question, is that as most independent academic have pointed out-is that this Thai crisis is about where democracy is being under-mined and threatened by royalism.
So, “yes” we are not talking about the election here-but the democratic process itself that is under-mined.
Thai Intel argues, as always, that Thai royalism is being used for political objective in Thailand-with or without the knowing of the Monarchy.
There are two considerations here:
First, can free elections be held according to democratic principles-with Thai royalism, by force and social sanction, being forced onto the Thais to worship that royalism?
Second, can free elections be held according to democratic principles-with Thai royalism, forced onto the Thais to worship it, is clearly linked to politics?
Clearly, the government, military, royalist and the elites-have labled the Red Shirts and opposition as anti-royalism.
The end result is just simple:
Through forced royalism onto the Thais, that forced royalism onto the Thais, together with the media control & propaganda, have resulted in un-fair election process.
The question, really, is not if “Any” Thai elections is fair.
But the real question is: “Can A Fair Election Ever be held in Thailand Again.”