Where are the journalists ?

Goddamnit ! Where are the journalists ?

The work of the english-speaking press is appalling.

Don Muang is located at 20 km from Bangkok. Suva at less than 40.

-we don’t have picture (this morning)

-is the PAD fortifying itself in Suva, like Government House (with barricades, tyres etc.) ?

-how many are they ?

-are they waiting for an assault from the police ? Where are they located precisely in the airport ? Do they have access to restricted areas ?

-are passengers still waiting inside ? And what about the thousands of employees of the airport ? Where are they ? What are they doing ?

-what is the situation in Don Muang, domestic terminal. Do we have some flights, yes or no ? Is it closed, yes or no (conflicting reports) ?

-what is the situation at Phuket airport ? Because it’s an international airport many people are trying to get informations, to see if a retouting is possible. Again, conflicting reports. We don’t know.

Many questions, no answers.

It’s the exact copy of the government’s state of mind : the void.

And soon it will be 48 hours (Suva was closed tuesday end of afternoon). It’s surreal.

And still no sign from the government. Somchai, the lover of Peru’s mountains and llamas, like a coward, is in Chiang Mai.

Why he doesn’t come back to Bangkok ? Does he fear something ? Why several ministers joined him ? A government on the run ? Already in exil ? Can anyone ask him ?

Does he plan to apply the same tactic than with Government House (AKA doing strictly nothing since 3 FREAKING MONTHS) and loosing face on a worldwide scale ?

Excepted doing very nice and deep wai on thai TV (look this beautiful picture)… is he able to do anything else ? I mean anything useful ? Meaningful ?

The void.

More than ever : he’s the alleged Prime Minister of an alleged government.


9 Responses to “Where are the journalists ?”

  1. 1 fall 27 November 2008 at 6:33 am

    Are you suggesting that The Nation and Bangkok Post suppose to go out there and investigate for news? That’s not an honorable job of the mainstream media. They are suppose to sit in air con office and translate a statement issue by someone or think of a witty opinion piece.
    Let the so-called “citizen reporter” or “fake media” do the on-site reporting…

  2. 2 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 6:39 am


    p.s. When you mentioned the abbreviate form of (Suva) Suvarnabhumi Airport, I thought you’re talking about Suva, the capital of Fiji. πŸ˜›

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 6:41 am

    Indeed Fall, this is what I’m speaking about.
    But I know it’s just a dream ! A fantasy. Wishful thinking…

  4. 4 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 6:54 am


    I believe at least the Nation’s journalists are not just sitting in the air-cond offices. Their satellite TV channel (Nation Channel) televised the violence in Chiangmai that occurred yesterday, and also in past few months, bloodshed in Udornthani.

    Don’t forget that Bangkok Post belongs to Central Department Store Group. They obviously don’t wanna mess with politicians and run into trouble.

    Don’t turn on to Channels 3 5 7 Modernine NBT or TPBS. People are enjoying soap operas, English Premier League, game shows and popular music videos.

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 27 November 2008 at 6:56 am


    that’s a good question too : are the thai journalists doing their job (in thai) ?

  6. 6 chinesethai 27 November 2008 at 7:26 am

    You are asking a good question, ThaiCrisis.
    “are the thai journalists doing their job (in thai)?”

    The answer is …. some of them may be. πŸ˜›

    That brings us to another question.
    “What about the rest of them?”

    Take free TV channels as the first example.
    CH3 belongs to an affluent ethnic Chinese family, the Maleenonts, who owns a media empire called BKK Entertainment. (I am a Chinese, I know) One of its execs, Pracha Maleenont, used to be a minister in the Thaksin administration. They may be neutral now but they don’t want to clash with Thaksin’s interests.
    CH5 & 7 belong to the Royal Thai Army. Expect them to be Pro-Coup d’Etat? Noooooo. They focus on income from soap operas, entertainment and English Premier League advertisement.
    MCOT Modernine also doesn’t want to mess with politicians. Their station director is currently in the line of fire. He may be sacked at anytime if their reporting digs too deeply.
    NBT, former CH11. No question, it is the Gov’s mouthpiece.
    TPBS, the most neutral and independent from the Gov but most of the execs are left-wing NGO workers, who love to touch on human right issues.

    I don’t want to go too long to newspapers. But just to give you an idea that most mainstream media in Thailand are either related directly or indirectly to multi-billion baht conglomerates or belong to the government. How could you expect integrity from Thai journalists? No one can guarantee their jobs, or their personal safety, if they dig too deep.

    Democracy in Thailand is just a joke.

  7. 7 Fish 27 November 2008 at 7:31 am

    We should not be surprised really that the journalists are not doing their jobs , neither are the poilce, government, army, head of team yellow, Thailand will become the new Philippines if they do not wake up..

  8. 8 tsr 27 November 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I am american here on business for 2 months. I have found the news available appalling. I know “free speech” here is different, but really it is more like NO speech right now. And, with the atrocities in Mumbai, the big cable channels are focused elsewhere.

  9. 9 lwl 28 November 2008 at 10:02 am

    Interesting reading…I have been trawling the net for some real news about the Thai crisis…from afar, Singapore to be exact. I loved Thailand and had many wonderful memories of the holidays and friends there. But I cannot fathom this ongoing drama. I am ashamed to say, though, that it has provided poor us with some excitment (and entertainment). But I sincerely hope that this crisis end soon so that the Thais can go back to smiling again:-)

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