New rules needed for self-censorship: Supinya
The clearer rule on self-censorship among TV stations is necessary following the decisions by Channel 3 and Thai PBS, said Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's broadcasting committee.
She will float the proposal with the broadcasting committee on Monday, when they are scheduled to consider Channel 3’s action for "Nuamek" series, she said.
The airing of Nuamek was abruptly suspended.
Supinya said the new rules are necessary given a similar action by Thai PBS, in abruptly ending the airing of the Friday’s episode of the "Tob Jote Prathet Thai" (Answering Thailand's Questions).
"I believe that Thai PBS had knowledge of the programme detail. As such, it should not have made the decisionto prematurely stop the programme. Some contents are related to the lese majeste or national security laws, but these are screened by the editor. The decision could have been socially or politically motivated. Without the decision, the station may upset the public. But the decision clouds the media environment. Viewers’ benefits should also be taken into account," she said.
She also mentioned that the programme host, Pinyo Traisuriyathamma, could file a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission. Under the Constitution’s Article 46, freedom of TV stations’ employees is to be protected against the station owners’ influence.