Three cheers to the producers of the Thai PBS programme on constitutional monarchy and congratulations to the director and the board of governors of Thai PBS for finally allowing the final installment of the series to be televised. I watched the series with delight and, as a taxpayer who funds the Thai PBS, for once thought my hard-earned cash was put to good use producing an informative programme bringing together differing views from the full spectrum of the intellectual cognoscenti.
In no way was the content of this series derogatory, slanderous or even remotely offensive or divisive by any stretch of the imagination. However, not scrapping the last instalment of the series even under duress demonstrated that Thai PBS can be an arena for free and passionate debates and could hopefully function as an effective check on governments, when it seems other media outlets have failed dismally in this role.
Admittedly the monarchy is a taboo subject in Thai society but my question is: Why should it be? What's wrong with discussing the future of the monarchy, the vital role that it plays and the challenges it faces in an educated and informative manner?
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