Thai PBS cancels last installment of controversial debate

Breaking News March 15, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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Thai PBS cancelled the last installment of a debate on constitutional monarchy in the last minutes before it was to be on air last night.

Instead, it aired a tape of different issue on its Tob Jote Thailand political talk programme.

Thai PBS announced that it had social responsibility so it decided to review the airing of the programme and it feared that "widespread" conflicts stemming from the airing could be exploited."

Earlier, the station announced that it would continue the last installment of the controversial debate although some 20 people rallied at the Thai PBS station Friday afternoon calling for the show to be taken off air.

From Monday, the Tob Jote has been airing discussions on the country’s constitutional monarchy. The guest speakers, so far, have included former foreign minister Surakiart Sathirathai, anti-monarchist Thammasat University lecturer Somsak Jeamteerasakul, former palace police chief Pol General Vasit Dejkunjorn and social critic Sulak Sivaraksa.

Friday’s programme was initially planned to continue Thursday night’s show, which featured a debate between Sulak and Somsak.


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