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Pirongrong Ramasoota

Chulalongkorn University Professor

Prof Pirongrong Ramasoota teaches and researches on media, communication and society at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

Pirongrong Ramasoota
17 Jun 2019

A new 'chill' is coming to Thailand

Given their open and highly-accessible nature, social media platforms — such as Facebook — should be a platform for the promotion of free speech. However, as Thai society gets more polarised and divided along political lines, social media can end up creating a raft of problems that could ultimately lead to the stifling of free speech in an unprecedented manner.

17 Jun 2019 19
A new 'chill' is coming to Thailand
29 May 2019

Will we ever be able to bridge the political divide?

Thais are more politically divided than ever before and the rising animosity between the opposing camps may have reached a critical level, particularly in the online sphere.

29 May 2019 52
Will we ever be able to bridge the political divide?
11 Sep 2018

Disinformation war

Disinformation is false but may also hold back facts or secretly emphasise only one way of looking at them - like propaganda or public relations spins.

11 Sep 2018 8
Disinformation war
22 Jan 2018

Khai Maew, RIP

The cartoonist felt that the humour, satire and criticism conveyed through his cartoons had sparked political interest and participation.

22 Jan 2018
Khai Maew, RIP
4 Aug 2016

Another charter, another emphasis

The 1997 constitution was the people's charter, and in 2007 we had the de-Thaksinisation document. Now we vote on one said to combat corruption.

4 Aug 2016 9
Another charter, another emphasis
16 Jul 2016

Media tremble at NBTC's Section 44 powers

Just as the days count down until the constitutional referendum on Aug 7, the free speech situation in Thai society may again reach a new low with the latest edict passed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

16 Jul 2016 2
Media tremble at NBTC's Section 44 powers
25 May 2016

Lessons from the suicide

The live telecast of the troubled murderer last week came in the context of heavy state restraint and commandeering of public airways, a cultural failing.

25 May 2016 2
Lessons from the suicide
22 Mar 2016

The media's squeeze

The media are no saints, and if we expect more integrity from them, they are also beholden to the owners of capital and political power.

22 Mar 2016
23 Feb 2016

Caging young minds

The students at the Chulalongkorn-Thammasat match day were hoping for a little free speech but this time it was their universities that cut them off.

23 Feb 2016 5
Caging young minds
26 Jan 2016

Is TPBS a conspiracy?

Thai PBS destroyed Thaksin's iTV but it is wrought with conflicts, and now a technocrat with no journalism or broadcast experience is in charge.

26 Jan 2016 1
Is TPBS a conspiracy?