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Media need 'meaningful role' in political debate, execs say

The mainstream media should take a stance on today's hot issue - reform and the February 2 general election - to reclaim a meaningful role as society's guiding light, media executives said yesterday.

The media should ask themselves if the February 2 election should be held or not. If the media think it should not be held, then they should come up with other more useful options," said Thepchai Yong, editor-in-chief of Nation Multimedia Group.

Wiwat Chantasuwanno, deputy local news chief of Channel 5, said traditional media had been challenged by the growing power of social media, so they must think how they can reach out to the masses.

Kathathorn Assawawirattikorn, a representative from Channel 7, said the media should act as mediators in bringing rival political groups together to wring out solutions peacefully.

Sunthorn Thasai, editor of Thai Rath, said the media must be brave to reveal the truth and not serve as just the "lackey" of any group. Reform is a lengthy process that cannot be completed within one year.

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