A Historical Review of Media Coverage on the Southernmost Unrest of Thailand


In a general manner, journalists rely upon conflict as a conventional method of framing news reporting. Be faced with the pressure of strained resources and their perception that media audiences prefer this reportorial style, journalists resort to conflict-based reporting. The approach often exacerbates the conflict by the very nature of the reportage. Using an unrest in Southernmost of Thailand as a case study, this historical study aims to uncover the past, define the present, and suggest the future alternative approach of reporting conflicts for media. A systematic review method was employed to identify, appraise and synthesise all the empirical evidences. This examine relied upon qualitative analysis of documentation from 1998 to 2006 of the news media agency and academic literature. The results reveal that media reports deliberately represented the insurgency in Thailand’s restive South as Islamic in nature and portrayed attacks as revenge against the Buddhists. The media coverage revealed characteristic patterns of War Journalism. The general public, therefore, comes to expresses dissatisfaction with these media practices. This study thus proposes an alternative concept underpins Peace Journalism procedure for consideration.

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Pataraporn Sangkapreecha, Bangkok University, Thailand

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Conference: ACAH2017
Stream: Humanities - Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication

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