Journalists rap government's 'media interference'

Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the long-time spokesman now in charge of all government propaganda, said he was trying 'to achieve mutual understanding and cooperation' with his requests for TV stations to glorify the cabinet ministers. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Journalists have criticised the government for media interference after the director-general of the Public Relations Department asked TV stations to cover each minister during the mobile cabinet meeting in Nakhon Ratchasima early next week.

"This can be regarded as media interference," said Thepchai Yong, president of the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association.

"It's not the media's duty to provide publicity for the government and each minister. The media's duty is to report what is useful for the people; that principle is clear," he said, adding it was only in the past when the military owned TV concessions and the government could tell stations what to do.

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