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Pinpaka Ngamsom - Roles of Online Media - Manila 14 Oct 2011

Pinpaka Ngamsom - Roles of Online Media - Manila 14 Oct 2011

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From the ICRC's regional conference for media in East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. 13-14 October 2011 in Manila, Philippines. For more info, see http://www.facebook.com/ReportingOnViolence.AsiaPacific. (Individual speeches and presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the ICRC.)
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From the ICRC's regional conference for media in East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. 13-14 October 2011 in Manila, Philippines. For more info, see http://www.facebook.com/ReportingOnViolence.AsiaPacific. (Individual speeches and presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the ICRC.)
#mediamanila2011

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Reporting on Violence and Emergencies:Regional Media Conference for East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific14 Oct 2011Manila
Panel 1: Reporting on violence and emergencies: opportunities and challenges 
Pinpaka Ngamsom, News Editor, Prachatai.com (Thailand)"The roles of online media in Thailand's May 2010 crackdown: advantages and obstacles"
19 May: In front of UN office BKK
In This Clip, the Redshirts cursed Thai Media because they feel that the way Thai media representredshirt movement is unfair and blame that Thai mediaresponse to the worse situation on Thai politicalcrisisThis happened on 19 May, The crackdown of the redshirtsA night before 19 th I've heard from group of academics that they will go to the UN office to ask for anyaction from UN to protect people from the violence. So I went there in the morning of 19
th
and seearound 100 people there.I wear the Press ID Tag (Thai Journalist Association)with hope that I might get into the bld. in case thatUN officer comedown to receive the pledge.But this things is useless at all, I could not get inside the bld. besides were cursed by redshirts on behalf of Thai media because they can recognize my role from Press Tag
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Why should we attend on the redshirts movement and crackdown on May 2010
1 This crisis base on the debate about electoral democracy principle. Believe it or not!
(
becoz takin is eviland corrupt so we do not need to care the mechanism to step him down or we can wait for the nextelection)2 Base on electoral vote, the redshirt recognize themselves as majority to been violated their rights tovote.
(
by
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ornobleand double standard practice)3 Many power players show up, establishment, justice system, military, middle class come with yellowshirts and grassroots come with redshirts. And even media. Please notice that anti taksin movement andcall for royal and military intervention led by one biggest media corporation, manager group.
Why red shirt to be hostile to the Thai media.
 
Thai media focus on the conflict among leader but lack of space for voicefrom ordinary people who joinboth yellow and red.Media self censor strongly and mislead represent of redshirt.
The mist classic example is meaning of the word.Reclaim the area
instead of 
disperse rallyTighten the area
insteadof 
CrackdownNew way to access information
Portal websites (most just broadcast speech from the stage) People go to Websites, Portal websiteswhich broadcast the redshirts movement eventhough under emergency decre and and computer crimeact there were blocked the 7,4686 URLs have been blocked in 2010 . But this situation push people tolearn how to access website trough webproxy. Grassroot become fast learner about the IT.Websites (thaifreenews.com, thaienews.com, newskythailand.com)Facebook, twitter.Cable TVCommunity radioDuring the rally, Under Emergency Decree, MAIN Red Cables TV and Many community radio were shutdue to CRES order. But before it been shut we can see people went protect their media.These are picture from thaicom satellite station. Military fail to disperse redshirt at first but they canshut the cable tv finally. (Dstation, PTV)
Facebook and twitter become a battlefield among red, yellow and multicolor movement
After crackdown, redshirt fall into fear. I cannot contact my resource person in countryside. Facebookflood by status that express the while most of the leader were arrested and some escape.But shortly after crackdown, a guy who is welknown as
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who was arrested and bail out startcampaign again. He gathered people around facebook and twitter make and appointment to do anactivities offline. So the red start again from middle class in Bangkok with likely funny activity like dacetogether, jocking, picknick and share their experience…it was like group therapy but finally people incountryside join and come up with huge rally on 19 September.
 
Meanwhile Multicoloris also active, just 2 days after crackdown, they gathered through facebook andtwitter for cleaning up Bangkok with the campaign“Big Cleaning Day”
2 Alternative Medium
facebook and twitter become a medium to access information 3 and become colorful batterfield. Thereare groups set up and attack other and Democrat government spend 170 millions thai baht for cuberscout project aim to train schoolboy mornitor cyberspace. Exclude 10s millions for build up new page forthe prime minister/government and so on. Yingluck do the same but I do not know yet what does she doabout the cyber scout project.
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These are picture taken by a friend of mine. He is a dentist who live on high rise condominium located ina life firing Zone. He wake up at 10 am that day and look at the street and see these people. He wasshocked and started taken picture and then post it on facebook . I ask him for the permission to put it onprachataiIn the evening AP contact this guy to buy the picture, if I’m not misunderstanding he just give it for free.And next morning. I see this pic on newspaper….picture from AP is more reliable
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