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(June 28, 2019) Thailand's tale told via 'The Nation'

 Nearly five decades ago, The Nation newspaper started out as a pro-democracy, anti-military news organisation. It was fiercely independent and invariably hard-hitting vis-à-vis the powers-that-be. An English-language newspaper owned by Thais from the outset, it prided itself for having neither fear nor favour. Its lamentable expiry as a print newspaper today -- an online version will continue -- provides multiple parallels for Thailand's contemporary political history, ongoing polarisation and the changing nature of the business of journalism worldwide.

A look back at The Nation's glory years from the 1970s and 1980s through the 1990s would show images and headlines that are consistent with Thailand's fight for democracy. In the early and mid-1970s, Thailand was coming off a 25-year military dictatorship under one clique of military generals during 1947-57 and then another thereafter until October 1973 when it was overthrown by a Bangkok uprising, led by university students. The Nation was front and centre reporting and editorialising for a more open political space.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1703076/thailands-tale-told-via-the-nation


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