The Magical Kingdom and The Economist : “police do not have to officially ban the magazine”

Et voila ! Another day in the Magical Kingdom… where humans and animals live in harmony, on the banks of river of honey and gold. And where… the most important thing is : to avoid loosing face.

Thailand ? You can choose between Lalaland or Disneyland, with Inspecteur Clouseau or Forrest Gump.

The Thai distributor of the Economist said Tuesday it had banned this week’s edition of the magazine because it contained a story critical of His Majesty the King.

Asia Bookssaid the article, which discussed thealleged role in politics of the King,”risks insulting the monarchy.” […]

Police have talked to importers and distributors who agreed not to import the issue of Dec 6-10 because an article in the magazine criticised the monarchy,” said Pol Lt Gen Thiradet Rodphothong, commander of Special BranchPolice.

Therefore the police do not have to officially ban the magazine,” he said. (AFP)

What a piece of work of the famous thai rethoric !

Any rational mind would infere that : if the police asked the distributor to ban the magazine, then… we could say that the police has itself banned the magazine.

But in Thailand, logic doesn’t apply.

Anyway. Those 2 famous articles (already) are going to get even more audience after this news from AFP (press agency serving medias worldwide).

Congratulations to the police !

And those 2 articles are online (with copies probably on hundreds of servers)… and will stay on the Internet for ever.

We are waiting now the thai police to “not ban” The Economist’s website, so the thai ISP’s could “ban not” the website. I mean something like that… I’m confused now. 😉

7 Responses to “The Magical Kingdom and The Economist : “police do not have to officially ban the magazine””

  1. 1 paperback 9 December 2008 at 2:57 pm

    The police should have an eye on the Bangkok Post: reporting that some evil farang do harbour bad ideas about His Majesty the King being worthy of any critisism is an insult to the monarchy and the whole country. The Bangkok Post should be banned.

  2. 2 chinesethai 9 December 2008 at 4:27 pm

    As an Asian, I have something to tell you guys.

    Just 2 months before the collapse of the Lehman Brothers, The Economist defended the role of speculators that speculative investments should not be blamed for skyrocketing oil price and even were helpful to the economy to some extent.

    The result is what you are experiencing.

    Don’t think that western media are always credible. Fact is they can be bought. Many of them have become the victim of their past successes and begun to write B.S., worse than state-controlled media in China. Only foolish readers would take them seriously.

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 9 December 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Sorry CT, but I don’t buy your rethoric. periodically medias make mistakes or wrong interpretations about various issues… it doesn’t mean that they are wrong all the time, and therefore should have zero credibility.

    And the oil issue is not a very good example : probably 95 % of the whole planet were fooled (even me ! 😉 )

    I think people can disagree with the opinion presented by The Economist about the thai monarchy.

    But to say that the same magazine made a wrong analysis on oil, therefore has no credibility to speak about Thailand… is not really fair.

  4. 4 chinesethai 9 December 2008 at 5:14 pm


    I have been a regular reader of The Economist although I don’t agree with what they write many times.

    I don’t mean that they have no right to speak. But to assume that everything that comes out of the so-called “prestigious” and renowned media is factual is naive.

    By putting this way, I am not saying that I support the Lese-Majeste law.

    ThaiCrisis, you know that The Economist purposely presents only one side of the story. What about the details of Thaksin’s corruption charges? What is true and what is not? What about the DAAD/UDD Red Shirts that have got away with their carnage. It totally went unreported by this media. This is not really fair, is it?

  5. 5 paperback 9 December 2008 at 5:37 pm

    @ chinesethai

    The Economist articles are not about Thaksin (although he receives a not very favourable mention). They are about the King. Yes, you may disagree with the Economist about their story, especially where it presents opinion. That’s what opinion is about. But to assume that the Economist has been paid (by Thaksin, I guees?) to write this story is plain ridiculous. And utterly naive, too.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 9 December 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Speaking about censorship… another example, this time in Europe (and recent).

    Italian gay rights’ group Arcigay on Tuesday criticised the censorship of the award-winning cowboy movie, ‘Brokeback Mountain’, by the country’s state television channel. The movie was shown on Rai2 on Monday without controversial gay sex scenes. The group says it will ask Rai2’s director and Rai2’s president to publicly defend the channel’s decision to censor the movie and has asked Rai to screen it again in its original version.

    “We want to know who decided to show ‘Brokeback Mountain’ yesterday evening with such blatant, 1950s-style cuts,” said Arcigay’s president, Aurelio Mancuso.

    Again, we shall repeat that Thailand doesn’t have the monopoly of the stupidity and the bigotry…

    One thing drives me crazy on the thai TV : when they “blur” … cigarettes and guns that appear in movies scenes.

  7. 7 Wrongfred 11 December 2008 at 6:36 am

    Hi Chinesethai! Thank you for your comments. I agree that even “respectable” big news outlets do not say the truth aall the time. Do you remember that “serious” news agencies where cliaming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction but later were silent when it turned out there was nothing to found. I always read everything with a grain of salt.

    I agree with much of your thoughts and think that Thailand in real danger of become a second Singapore in the near future as Thaksin is dreaming of becoming another Lee Kuan Yew.

    Do you have a blog or email?

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