Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Reporters and the editorial staff at The Bangkok Post panicked yesterday at reports of shifting ownership and a change of editors.

Here is part of a front page story:

Shareholders, politicians warned against editorial interference bids
A group of Bangkok Post and Post Today reporters yesterday stepped up their campaign to assert editorial independence amid concern over GMM Media's bid to take over Post Publishing Plc. More than 20 reporters in black T-shirts with the message ``Bangkok Post ... Post Today ... Not For Sale'' gathered at Government House to kick off the campaign, releasing a statement declaring their newspapers must be free of editorial interference by any major shareholders, be they the Chirathivat family or newcomer GMM Grammy.
Read the paper here.

They have good reason to panic.

Bring an adult in as editor of that paper and all those children would be gone. They all know that.

If there’s a change, they say, they want to be given and explanation.

Here’s an explanation: The current editor sucks and all you children are out of control. They desperately need a responsible hand in there.

If there’s a change, they say, they want to be given a voice in choosing the successor.

The nuts want to control the asylum.

This is not a freedom of the press issue.

This is a responsibility of the press issue.

For a long time The Bangkok Post has been irresponsible.


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