- 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)
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. 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.
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