ABSTRACT

The media in Thailand is one of the principal sites of political contestation. Although the electronic media remains subject to considerable state control, the print media has carved out a great deal of political space for itself. Few countries in the world have a print media as vibrant and energetic as Thailand’s. Newspapers report freely and comment critically on all aspects of politics. The press is one of the most dynamic elements in Thai civil society, constantly monitoring and checking the power of both elected politicians and unelected bureaucrats. The Thai press proved its mettle in the political crisis of May 1992, when strong pressure from the print media was an important factor in driving the unpopular Suchinda government from office.