Bangkok — The Thai government has responded to social media anger by denying it killed a television interview with an environmentalist who is a leader of the anti-Mae Wong Dam movement.
The Channel 9 program Kon Khon Kon (People Search People) was scheduled to broadcast a taped interview with Sasin Chalermlarp, who is also the Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation’s secretary-general.
The interview was scheduled to be shown at 8pm Saturday, but was replaced by a different episode.
Social media sites erupted in anger, accusing the government of censorship.
Government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi yesterday denied the Yingluck Shinawatra administration had anything to do with the interview not being aired, and said the government was not even aware that Sasin would be featured in the program this week, according to reports.
Teerat said on his Twitter account that the television station made the decision not to air the interview because it was seen as providing one-sided information, that the producer was asked to make the episode more balanced, and that the matter had nothing to do with the government.
A deputy director at Thai PBS television, Wanchai Tantiwithayapitak, said on his Facebook account that he doubted the episode would ever be aired, in spite of the claim that the producer was asked to make it more balanced.
But a source at “Kon Khon Kon” program announced that they would upload the episode on YouTube at 8pm Saturday night so the public could see what the content was really about.
He said he had no doubts about the producer of the program, Burapha TV, and would leave the matter for them to handle. Image/seub.or.th