Connect with us

Opinion

Opinion: Importance of responsible publishing

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Busaya Jaipiam, 56, is the Phuket Provincial Public Relations Chief. She is originally from Surat Thani, and received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. She also obtained a master’s degree in Political Science from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

Here, she talks about the media’s – and all citizens’ – responsibilities when it comes to online publishing.

In the current era of 4G data, our entire lives revolve around technology. Social media is now a normal and major part of our daily lives.

I would like to pass on my concerns and urge all of my media friends, as well as those who are new to the profession, to realize that our role is to pass along a correct understanding for others, based on facts and accurate information.

Before you share any information, please make sure that you have fact-checked it and verified its details. Make sure that the information you choose to pass on has come from reliable sources.

As Governor Chamroen Tippayapongtada says, Phuket is not just another province of Thailand; we are a strategic province, as we present the image of the country. About 12 million people from around the world know Phuket and visit here every year. What happens in Phuket reflects on all of Thailand.

Therefore, before you share or publish something that affects Phuket’s image, whether it be via social media or any other form of media, please check the facts first. You may check with authorities in provincial departments or directly with us at the Provincial Public Relations Office. We can lead you to the right people and experts, depending on the issue.

Publishing incorrect information from a computer is a serious crime, and can be used against you in court.

The government is paying attention to information shared on social media, and the Computer Crimes Act may be used against you. In Phuket, the governor’s office is also paying attention to those who may be considered to be sharing false information on social media. We can check for the sources of incorrect information, and those who harm others’ reputations by spreading false information will not get away with it.

However, the government is not looking to arrest every single person who posts or shares incorrect information on a computer. We would like to call for publishers to make sure that they’ve checked facts before publishing anything, especially information that could ruin Phuket’s reputation.

It is not only registered media companies or journalists with credentials who can publish anymore. Everyone faces these same responsibilities now that the power of social media is in our hands.
Phuket is a small island province with only three districts, but it has massive potential. We are a tourist destination that brings a lot of income to Thailand. We collect billions of baht every year.

There are so many media companies on the island, both in Thai and in international languages. To my knowledge, Phuket has many more media companies than any other province. The media is very powerful here, and people around the world know of Phuket. So, I’d like to urge the media to publish information that benefits the island and its public.

I am not saying that the media cannot publish any negative stories in Phuket. The media can always publish stories to make Phuket a better place. Stories that check in on the government and private sectors, for example, by showing how government departments are progressing on public projects, might be good examples of constructive publishing

I just want to see the media look forward to making our island better, based on mutual benefit for everyone, and not for some personal revenge or other self benefit.

Phuket has given us a lot; therefore we must pay it back. We must take good care of the island to make sure this Pearl of the Andaman lasts forever.

— Chutharat Plerin

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join 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

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime1 hour ago

Woman who cut safety rope of workers offers feeble excuse

Video1 hour ago

Thailand News Today | Dirty gloves probe, Bocelli & Lisa, ASEAN fallout | October 27

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Police seize Covid-19 antiviral drugs allegedly stolen by hospital manager

Sponsored9 hours ago

Top 5 dental clinics by Dental Corporations PLC in Thailand

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!

Thailand2 hours ago

Student dies after receiving second Covid-19 vaccine shot

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Foreign Ministry denies blocking Poland’s donation of vaccines

Thailand2 hours ago

Travellers now exempt from quarantine advised to directly contact AQ hotels for refund

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime3 hours ago

Legal proceedings expected this week for “Joe Ferrari” death in custody case

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 8,452 new cases; provincial totals

Bangkok4 hours ago

Police bust Bangkok pub serving alcohol, 61 arrested

Bangkok4 hours ago

Russell Crowe bids Bangkok goodbye after much-praised tweets

Thailand4 hours ago

Thai government forms panel to probe the export of used medical gloves

ASEAN5 hours ago

Myanmar no-show a focus as ASEAN summit gets underway

Drugs5 hours ago

Police arrest 3 vans in Korat with 1.82 tonnes of marijuana

Thailand5 hours ago

Sedatives and painkillers, Thai new year – 3 million USD on 2 people | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 47

Drugs6 hours ago

Truck stopped in Chiang Mai with methamphetamine and heroin

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Phuket8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Trending