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Thailand Says ‘Stop the Presses' (and the Gore)

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Media, newspapers, Thailand, journalism, Global Post,

Thai Newspaper ReadingsIn newspapers, if it bleeds, it leads. Thai newspapers take that axiom to an extreme, putting gory photos of death and human misery on front pages nearly every day. According to Global Post’s Patrick Winn, a recent newspaper front page featured, “a meth dealer splayed dead beside a toilet, a married couple shot dead and slumped in their pick-up truck—and for comic relief, photos exposing a con artist who donned flight uniforms to deceive shopkeepers and women.”

This constant barrage of violent images may be corrupting young children, needlessly shaming victims, and violating good taste, according to many in the country. Winn reports that a group of academics have started a campaign urging restraint.

The problem faced by these academics is that the violent newspaper industry in Thailand continues to thrive, unlike the newspaper business in the United States. In fact, the violent Thai newspapers continue to do better than their more modest alternatives. Still, the academics continue to be reminded of the importance of their cause nearly every morning. One doctoral student told Global Post, “I don’t like the criminal pictures. To have breakfast in the morning and see that? Ugh.”

Image by Colin and Sarah, licensed under Creative Commons.

Source: Global Post 

tom hendricks
5/15/2009 11:53:46 AM

Many years ago my art and media zine wrote and signed a Human Decency Pledge. Then we sent it to most mainstream news outlets ABC, NBC, PBS, as well as local ones like our daily newspaper The Dallas Morning News. They all refused to sign - and even this magazine, Utne has yet to sign. Here's how it reads. WHenever possible we the undersigned will not show pictures of wounded and bleeding people, or pictures of people being killed, or the corpses of people at the scenes of violence or accidents. How about signing Utne. Be the 2nd to do so.