Video: ‘Challenging the Sovereign Narrative’ – (Social) Media in the Thai Political Crisis

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  1. Many thanks for this clear and concise explanation of how the media mix in Thailand tends towards the prevailing establishment (even, amazingly, when it changes sides – though I can see why). What I don’t quite understand, though, is that from my reading of a few Thai history books it seems that the monarchy has been a democratising influence and has in living memory prevented virtual civil wars by timely intervention. There are also many monarchy-sponsored social charities, environmental schemes and so-on. Why then do successive governments assume that those requiring political reform would also wish to overthrow the monarchy? Here in the UK we have a good media mix, a lot of freedom of expression and a popular monarchy. Or are the Lese Majeste laws simply there to silence political inconvenience regardless of whether or not the monarchy is mentioned?

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