Human Rights: Three iconic Thai freedom fighter, Pravit, Kum Paka & Supinya gone silent with self-censorship (Up-Dated)

it takes a real Red Shirts to ask the hard question

  • By Tammy, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist

As the grand and magnificent funeral for a member of the Royal Thai household is taking place today, with the Thai establishment urging Thais to wear black in mourning-perhaps, those who loves freedom, should also wear black, as three iconic Thai freedom fighters, have gone self-censorship.

The three iconic Thai freedom fighter who have went silent are Kum Paka, PravitR and Supinya.

It started in the morning, with the iconic Twitter @PravitR said he was not going to Twitter today about his anti-lese majeste position, because he was warned that it was “Political Not Correct” to Twitter today about lese majeste, because of the Royal funeral (read Pravit’s response in the opinion section)

Then it went to a local Thai newspaper reporting that the Thai telecom and media regulator, will soon start”Controlling” the content of Thailand‘s many cable TV that specialized on Thai politics.

Sitting at the Thai telecom and media regulator is Supinya, who is long known as freedom of speech activist. However, Supinya, has remain silent, as local press reports that she has not answer her phone calls. Supinya, who also Twitter vast amount of information, have also suddenly gone silent on twitter today (Supinya Twittered me that she is giving her position on this on a cable Tv channel).

Then it is Kum Paka, who is also an iconic TV personality who runs a TV program. Kum Paka said she will stop her program, called, “Having Fun Thinking Differently” for a month, because she was criticized for offending Thailand’s Buddhism religion.

The following is from the Wikipedia:

Self-censorship is the act of censoring or classifying one’s own work (blog, book(s), film(s), or other means of expression), out of fear of, or deference to, the sensibilities of others, without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority. Self-censorship is often practiced by film producers, film directors, publishers, news anchors, journalists, musicians, and other kinds of authors.

In authoritarian countries, creators of artworks may remove material that their government might find controversial for fear of sanction by their governments. In pluralistic capitalist countries repressive judicial lawmaking can also cause widespread “rivercrabbing” of western media[1]. Self-censorship can also occur, particularly in order to conform to the expectations of the market. For example, the editor of a periodical may consciously or unconsciously avoid topics that will anger advertisers or a parent company in order to protect her or his livelihood. This phenomenon is referred to as soft censorship.

One thought on “Human Rights: Three iconic Thai freedom fighter, Pravit, Kum Paka & Supinya gone silent with self-censorship (Up-Dated)

  1. Thanks Terence for your acute observations. I must note however that on that day, before I tweeted that I will tweet no longer of lese majeste issue on the royal funeral day, I have in fact already tweeted about lese majeste law & the royal funeral for about half a dozen threads or more, both in Thai and English.
    I did cease tweeting more on the issue on that day solely because some royalists ask me if it’s alright that I think about their feelings too.
    I even tweeted that since they are asking me to take a break, perhaps they might want to see prisoners of conscience taking a break from their imprisonment on such ‘special’ days too.
    You can look forward to more of my testing the limits, however.
    Regards,
    Pravit Rojanaphruk

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