Political Situation in Thailand and Behavior of New Media

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Political Situation in Thailand and Behavior of New Media

  1. 1. Political Situation in Thailand and Behavior of New Media
  2. 2. Orapin Yingyongpathana Bangkok, THAILAND
  3. 3. http://ilaw.or.th
  4. 6. 10,000 signatures can propose a law.
  5. 7. <ul><li>The 1997 constitution required </li></ul><ul><li>50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>signatures. </li></ul><ul><li>The 2007 constitution requires </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>signatures. </li></ul>
  6. 8. Background (2006-2010)
  7. 9. Constitutional Monarchy (1932 - present) 78 years of democracy 18 constitutions Absolute Monarchy
  8. 10. The 1997 constitution The coup in 2006 The 2007 constitution
  9. 11. The 2007 constitution
  10. 12. Thaksin Shinawatra <ul><li>Billionaire Communication Tycoon </li></ul><ul><li>Entered politics in 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Had the biggest majority voters ever in Thai political history </li></ul>
  11. 13. Populism <ul><li>Universal Healthcare Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Economic policies aimed at rural populations </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigning on and carrying out his policies </li></ul><ul><li>Drug suppression campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Corruption </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights abuses </li></ul><ul><li>Interfering mass media </li></ul>
  12. 14. Yellow Shirt demonstration Red Shirt demonstration
  13. 15. - Oppose the coup - Against human rights violation - Call for freedom of expression 1 2 3 <ul><li>Anti-Thaksin </li></ul><ul><li>Royalist </li></ul><ul><li>Middle and upper classes </li></ul><ul><li>Consider themselves educated </li></ul><ul><li>Yellow shirt have contempt for Red shirt : </li></ul><ul><li>Poor </li></ul><ul><li>Un-educated / Buffaloes </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-Thaksin </li></ul>Main Groups of Political Ideology
  14. 16. How about the mass media? <ul><li>Was very happy when Thaksin was deposed </li></ul><ul><li>Accepted invitations to join the National Legislative Assembly </li></ul><ul><li>Did not report some stories </li></ul>
  15. 17. New media Role <ul><li>Balance the information society </li></ul><ul><li>Change the flow of information </li></ul><ul><li>Help express the minority opinions </li></ul>
  16. 18. Problems of New Media
  17. 19. The lack of information from primary sources. Citizen reports may come from field experiences, but they can be inconsistent .
  18. 20. By new media, anyone can be a Monster <ul><li>New media is a rapid way for people to spread hate speech </li></ul><ul><li>People feel free to talk with people who think the same way </li></ul>
  19. 21. Solutions
  20. 22. Tolerance Open-mindedness
  21. 23. [email_address] http://facebook.com/theniw http://twitter.com/theniw

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