CDC chairman suggests media and NRSA’s panel hold talks to settle their differences

The Thai media and the media reform panel of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) should hold talks to iron out their differences on the panel’s new media reform bill which is accused by the media of wanting to rein in the media and taking away their freedom of expression.

Constitution Drafting Committee chairman Meechai Ruchupan said Thursday that it would be to nobody’s benefit if the two sides refuse to talk with each other or one side protesting the other.

He said there is still time for the two to talk and even if the talk fails, they can still find neutral people to come in to mediate to work out a compromise that is acceptable to the two parties. However, he noted that it would depend on whom they can trust to be brought in to mediate.

But Mr Meechai is of the opinion that the conflict between the media and the median reform panel would not develop into a conflict between the media and the government, pointing out that the controversial bill was not the government’s initiative.

Personally, the CDC chairman admitted that he had not seen the bill with his own eyes and, therefore, could not figure out where the problem has arisen.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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