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    Posted August 27, 2014 by
    San Antonio, Texas

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    The real Thailand


    Is Thailand what the world does not want? Is it just a rotting pile of leftovers from consistent political and moral bad behavior?


    Facts show that basic human rights have not only been taken away, they have indeed been abolished.


    Caring about freedoms is simply not enough when nobody is prepared to do anything about it.


    The news media is often referred to as the fourth pillar of democracy but in Thailand this pillar has collapsed. When democratic values are being trashed and human rights being trampled upon, it is the duty of the news media to report it. However, more effort is spent by the media on other stories recently like surrogate mothers and Prayuth’s ice bucket challenge.


    This is typical of the media’s easy acceptance of oppression there. Make no mistake about it, this complacency is a form of corruption – even though it doesn’t take a blatant and vulgar form. And it’s not just the Thai media, the foreign media there don’t even appear to make much of an effort to avoid becoming propagandists for Thailand’s junta. Democracy will continue to be restricted by this media corruption until journalists do their jobs the way they are supposed to.


    Freedom of speech, freedom of information, freedom of expression, freedom of media, etc… are the foundation not only for democracy but for progress.


    No society can move forward without exercising these freedoms. They are the basic conditions required… they are essential… which is why they are under attack by Thailand’s military junta. They must be protected at all cost.


    Declan Lakes and Patrick Henry https://www.facebook.com/ShuckingKornChatikavanij

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