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Let debate bare its fangs

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As one who works in the media profession, I feel disconcerted seeing an 80-year-old "social critic" who is championing citizens' right to criticism and freedom of speech, standing at the forefront against the roaring army chief and daring to tell him that it's not right to tell people who disagree with him to go live somewhere else. 

I thought the duty of standing up against repressive authorities and of challenging the establishment belonged to the young and hungry, to people who are pursuing truths, to those who practise journalism as a profession.

The reality, however, is following the controversy over Thai PBS's broadcast of a landmark debate on the role of the constitutional monarchy in its Tob Jote Prathet Thai programme, few people in the journalistic profession have come out to support the embattled station and show.

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