Local Thai press reports the Thai telecom regulator is to ask Thai TV Channel 3 to explain why a controversial soap program was terminated, before the soap final episode was ran.
- The move follows earlier move by the regulator, in warning 1,000s of Red Shirts community radio, to be cautious about carrying news show from a television station, known to be a supporter of the Red Shirts. The move also follows investigations into the highly controversial issue about a brief appearance of Thaksin on a national TV station, as legal or not. Both moves by the telecom regulator, is seen by human rights activist, as creeping moved to get more involved in regulating Thailand’s media content.
That level of freedom, with the Thai media content, is already greatly restricted by the Thai Lese Majeste laws, or insulting the Royalty; where people have been known to suffer 10 to 20 years jail sentence for insulting the Thai royalty.
- Earlier, Thailand’s far right wing research unit, Thailand Developmental Research Institute, pushed for media control in Thailand, particularly on new media, such as cable TV.
The Thai telecom regulator, have hired a known Fascist Thai, Seh Ai, as an adviser, receiving a salary of about US$3,000 to 5,000 a month. Seh Ai, earlier, called for a gathering to destabilize Thailand for a coup, and after the coup, freeze Thailand from politics with a junta government.
The latest move by the Thai telecom regulator, on Channel 3 soap termination, comes after controversial erupted that the government ordered Channel 3 to terminate its soap program, because of the content, as the soap is about good people against corrupt politician.
Media academic in Thailand, speculate the termination is for channel 3 to gain “Clout” as the channel is being investigated for TV broadcasting contract seen as hurting public interest.
- TV Channel 3 owners, were granted a 10 year contract for 400 million baht from the Abhisit government. That amount is highly lucrative, as TV Channel 3 income is about 4 billion baht a year and profit of about 2 billion baht a year.
Furthermore, speculation appeared that Channel 3 terminated the programming because in the soap, like Thailand having a King, the soap has a highly respected figure. In the soap, that highly respected figure, like the Thai King, was shown in a highly dramatic manner, with glaring red eyes, for example. Fear of lese majeste is what many believe is the reason Channel 3 terminated the soap.
The Channel 3 soap, is about good people against bad people, where the producer of the show, just said, quote: “Please help the good people win in Thailand, support Abhisit.”
Thailand is currently govern by the so called Bangkok Liberal Philosophy, where the philosophy believes, the good people, elected or not, should govern Thailand, against the bad politician. The good people, is anything not related to Thaksin and the bad people is anyone related to Thaksin.
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