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Strategies for Media ReformInternational Perspectives$
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Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.001.0001

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Impunity, Inclusion, and Implementation

Impunity, Inclusion, and Implementation

Media Reform Challenges in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines

(p.296) Chapter Twenty-Three Impunity, Inclusion, and Implementation
Strategies for Media Reform

Lisa Brooten

Fordham University Press

In Thailand, reformers have faced significant obstacles to reforming the country’s mixed system of government-controlled broadcast media and private print sector; difficulties include the extreme polarization of Thai society since the 2006 coup d’etat, inconsistencies between constitutional provisions and the organic laws intended to operationalize them, and the increasingly problematic use of lèse-majesté provisions to censor political dissent. In Burma/Myanmar, rapid changes have provoked a reshuffling and realignment of the internal and returning elements of the exile media as plans are developing for public, commercial, and community media sectors. In addition to protecting press freedoms, reform efforts include changing the long held culture of secrecy and attitudes toward information, encouraging government officials to provide information and accept critique, and including grassroots perspectives and especially ethnic minority voices in the media. The Philippines, although considered one of the freest media environments in the region, remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to practice journalism; reformers in this context have focused on countering the culture of impunity, especially in the killings of journalists in rural areas of the country, promoting transparenc, and ensuring the proper implementation of existing laws.

Keywords:   Burma/Myanmar, conflict, diversity, impunity, militarization, Philippines, right to communicate, Thailand

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