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Self-censorship a blight on the media

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The controversy surrounding TV Channel 3's decision to pull the plug on a drama series without any clear explanation has unmasked an age-old blight that plagues the media, both print and broadcast - self-censorship despite constitutional recognition that censorship is not permissable. 

The fact is, Channel 3 shot itself in the foot with its decision to abruptly pull the final episodes of Nua Mek 2 soap opera scheduled to be aired last Friday evening.

All hell broke loose when fans of the primetime drama bombarded Facebook social network with messages crying foul against the TV station, and with the anti-Thaksin camp pointing their accusing fingers at the government and the "Man in Dubai".

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