Connect with us

Election

Future Forward’s Thanathorn demands an apology from conservative Nation TV

Tanutam Thawan

Published

 on 

The Future Forward Party leader is demanding an apology from Nation TV for broadcasting an edited voice clip that makes it appear like a conversation between him and former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

“I am demanding Nation apologise to me and the people who heard this content,” he said when given a chance to respond on Nation TV yesterday.

Nation TV is in the hot seat after the audio clip was aired on one of its most popular news programs, hosted by its star anchor Kanok Ratwongsakul on Tuesday.

Nation TV then interviewed Thanathorn by phone on Wednesday in another program, where the Future Forward party leader confirmed that the clip was faked.

Thanathorn, campaigning in his first election with a progressive, pro-democracy platform, said on the program… ”The decision of Nation to air that clip showed the ethical standard of the Nation is on the decline.”

Most social media comments chastised the conservative Nation Channel 22 TV station saying the audio clip was “obviously fake”, made up as an edited voice montage of the two politicians speaking to different audiences on different occasions.

‘Stooping low’ said Thanathorn, in a telephone interview with another news program on Nation TV yesterday, and said he did not think “good” media outlets would broadcast such a clip.

“Good politics will never be possible without quality from the mass media.”

A station executive, however, stood firm about broadcasting the clip, claiming it was done in accordance with media ethics. He challenged Thanathorn to take legal action if he believed Nation TV had crossed the line.

Nation TV managing director Chatchai Pokogwai said the station was only doing its job, reporting what was happening and then offering Thanathorn a chance to give his side of the story. But the politician merely took the opportunity to reprimand the station harshly, he said.

A Thai-language hashtag that can be translated as “NationBusted” circulated online all day yesterday along with criticism of the media giant and its conservative anchor, Kanok.

The Thaksin camp has not reacted to the clip, but Thaksin Shinawatra’s son Panthongtae tweeted yesterday with a Thai hashtag that translates as ‘shame’ in English.

Nation TV is the first 24-hour news television channel in Thailand, owned by Nation Broadcasting Corporation, a subsidiary of Nation Multimedia Group. The Thaiger has a news-sharing partnership with the Nation Multimedia Group.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)28 mins ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 14,150 new cases and 118 deaths

Myanmar12 hours ago

Myanmar’s economy to shrink by 18% due to military coup and Covid-19

Singapore13 hours ago

Singapore plans to vaccinate 80%, reopen with quarantine-free travel by September

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand15 hours ago

Pattaya suspects arrested for live streaming breaking curfew

Thailand16 hours ago

Sinovac/AstraZeneca highly effective, according to Thai research

Phuket16 hours ago

Phuket vice governor says “Sandbox” tourists aren’t scared off by Covid situation

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand16 hours ago

Ministry of Education seeks 21.6 billion education subsidy

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

The ‘infodemic’ – interview with Helen Petousis-Harris about Covid misinformation

Best of18 hours ago

Phuket’s 8 Best Rooftop Bars

Coronavirus (Covid-19)18 hours ago

Ayutthaya logs 255 new infections, hospital beds full

Thailand18 hours ago

Another “monkey war” in Lop Buri, hundreds fight in the street- VIDEO

Thailand19 hours ago

Plantations International provides Pattaya with provisions

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 hours ago

Monday UPDATE: 15,376 new infections, Provincial report

Thailand20 hours ago

Thai baht goes from top-performing to worst-hit currency in Asia

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Covid train cancelled, SRT cites lack of passengers

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending