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Protesters' view of media is tyrannical, not democratic

Anti-government rally leaders demanded that all major TV stations carry only their version of the current protests, as broadcast by Blue Sky. Yes, many of our media outlets are biased - but the way to correct that isn't shutting everybody else up. And Blue Sky is not neutral, either. Two wrongs don't make a right. To quote Walter Lippman, "If there is a monopoly of the means of communication - of radio, television, magazines, books, public meetings - it follows that this society is by definition and in fact deprived of freedom."

By seeking to deprive us of other viewpoints, the protest leaders would make it difficult, if not impossible, for even their own followers to follow Lord Buddha's teaching: "Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true."

The anti-government demonstrators, like the red and yellow shirts and PM Yingluck, claim to want true democracy. Let their leaders show the way by promoting freedom of the press and welcoming contrary opinions.

Burin Kantabutra


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