Lawmakers spared year-end ribbing

The media decided to skip its annual tradition of giving sarcastic names to politicians this year because of the tension caused by the street protests.

An informal group of reporters covering Government House said Monday they would forego the usual ribbing of poiliticians because the current government was only a caretaker one following the House dissolution.

The media group said they will not issue the monikers when politics is at a precarious point, such as when a caretaker government is in place or in the period following a coup.

The tradition has been suspended in previous years, including during the Surayud Chulanont government which followed the 2006 coup, and the appointment of the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration in 2008.

They said the mocking names could be exploited by people with vested interests. The media representatives working at parliament also agreed Thailand must adhere to democracy, in line with international principles.

The group disagreed with unconstitutional actions that could change the government.

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Discussion 1 : 01/01/2014 at 12:30 AM
As long as the nicknames were given fairly to people of all sides then there should be no problem. The media needs to hold people, especially politicians, accountable. It's an important part of a democracy. In essence, the media has given an across the board amnesty which, as we have seen recently, can lead to even more problems.

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