Dear FT friends,
Thank you so much for your concerned about the situation in Bangkok. We all are safe and fine but I can't go out to take more pic and have no time to play here.
Here's a A PUBLICLY DISCLOSED LETTER to CNN and Dan Rivers which my friends and I wrote to them.
I'll be back to visit you all as soon as I can.
Miss u. XXX
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
As regular CNN viewers, may we speak out to you that your quality of reporting of the Bangkok incident lately have let us down. It seems the journalists are inaccurate on their reports for the ongoing acts of violence by the red shirt protesters in Bangkok. Your reportings are obviously contradicting to the ones reported by most of the local newspaper and other foreign correspondence. Some facts have deliberately been omitted to distort the real situation in the city. This also extents to your explainer articles in CNN.com. Examples are as follows...
1. There hardly is any report from CNN of violent harassment on ordinary citizens by the red shirts. This can be seen on the daily lives of people living or working in the area of the demonstration.
2. There is almost no information shown that the army is mainly using rubber bullets to quell the protesters. Had live ammunitions been used, the number of casualties would have been enormous. Also pictures portraying the use of weapons by the redshirt have not been shown, which is contrary to other local and international journalists. Pictures of the redshirts using guns, motolov, fire bombs and etc. can be seen on Thai newspapers and European news agencies including BBC.
3. There have hardly been any reporting of the men in black, acknowledged by the core red shirt leaders as their helpers, shooting live ammunition using heavy equipments such as M79. These are reported and shown in video footages by other international agencies.
4. In many previous clashes, CNN has deliberately failed to report on the casualties of the military, many of which total more than civilians especially during the initial stage of the protest clashes in which the military are unarmed but hit by live ammunitions.
5. CNN has failed to report about the nature of most of the participants of the protest, a majority of which have come from the rural area without true understanding of the objective of the protest. It is widely known that a portion of them were paid to participate. While many were coerced to join with the promise to help clear their personal debts in the near future.
6. CNN has never done any in-depth report on the nature of the source of funding of this protest; which are understood by the general public in Thailand as to have come from the ousted PM Taksin Shinnawatra using money corrupted from the people of Thailand during his term in office. Also it has failed to include in its summary (of the reason leading to the protest) that the supreme court has found him unanimously guilty of implementing policies that benefits his family businesses accounting to several hundreds of billion baht. And also that he is a fugitive on the run, not for political problems, but for corruption charges that have already been found guilty in court.
These few examples shown to you, may assist you to reevaluate your quality of work. Retro analysis on your reportings compared to local news and other international ones may also be of help.
Please do not forget that journalists are looked upon as "the fourth estate". Any biased, careless or irresponsible news as found in yellow journalism should not be a part of your organization. As your long-timed viewer, we hope you will consider this information and use it to raise your standard of work to be the trusting news agency that you claim to be!