24 May '11, 10am

Reporting as 'advertising' in Thailand?

Reporting as 'advertising' in Thailand?

Nirmal Ghosh looks at how reporting on personalities in Thailand can mostly lead to false impressions of journalists YINGLUCK Shinawatra kicked off her campaign over the weekend. I caught up with her at Phayao. Am still in Chiang Rai; I interviewed her on the way here. Thai political divide reality check : I just got a call from a Thai friend, asking what I was doing this Sunday afternoon. When I said I was in Chiang Rai covering Yingluck's campaign, she said: ''So, you support her.'' Likewise on Twitter, after I tweeted that I was at the Phayao rally (the first of the day) someone responded saying: ''Why do you advertise this party?'' All this would be amusing if it wasn't so starkly illustrative of the political divide which has so bitterly polarised Thailand. Many fail to distinguish between the messenger and the message, and fail to see that it is the job of a journali...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2011/5/24/reporting-as-adve...

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