By Duncan Mccargo
Media and Politics in Pacific Asia is the 1st publication to supply an in depth account of the political impacts exerted by means of either household and foreign media in Pacific Asia. Duncan McCargo argues that the media are political actors and associations of their personal correct, and that as such they could play a number of political roles, a few of which help methods of demographic transition and consolidation, and a few which do exactly the other. Drawing on first-hand study in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand - and applying comparative examples that come with Burma, Malaysia and the Phillipines - Duncan McCargo examines a few of the impacts of the Media as brokers of balance, restraint and alter. He additionally analyses pressures at the media from various country, non-state and marketplace forces, and units out to problematize simplistic readings of concerns akin to media freedom, possession, partisanship, profitability, rules and public curiosity. the result's an in-depth and interesting learn of the interaction among the media and the political strategy. Written in a transparent and obtainable sort with a number of examples, this hugely unique ebook may be worthwhile to lecturers, scholars, newshounds, and common readers drawn to Asian experiences, media and politics.
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Atkins argues that while the precise impact of satellite broadcasting was difficult to isolate, discrepancies between terrestial and international television news probably further eroded Suchinda’s legitimacy (Atkins 2002:66). By the evening of 19 May, Channel 9 had begun screening, for domestic consumption, footage of the Army’s attempts to put down the demonstrations. The following day, around 100 soldiers arrived at the television station, setting up ‘protective’ barricades around it; they did not, however, succeed in altering the new, anti-Suchinda editorial line taken by Channel 9.
Troops, on the other hand, were praised for their ‘extreme discipline and restraint’. Martial law was proclaimed late on Sunday evening, and newspapers were ordered not to publish any material that might inflame the unrest. By that time, however, most Thai-language papers were already going to press. But at the English-language Bangkok Post, editor Paisal Sricharatchanya decided to blank out several news stories, as well as his own editorial, to avoid the risk of closure. His staff was divided over the decision, some arguing that the Post should ‘publish and be damned’.
Quoting approvingly from a speech by Cory Aquino herself (‘The media do not make or unmake governments, tanks do that, and more rarely but surely, people do’), Smith declares that: Some individual—usually minority—media outlets may reflect, ‘mediate’, and even facilitate change; they do not initiate it, either individually or collectively, whatever their own euphoric accounts at the time may tell us to the contrary. They also, rather, tend to reflect the class interests of their owners, advertisers and readers.