Deutsche Version siehe unten!Thursday, August 9th 2012, the Criminal Court in Bangkok was due on to decide either to revoke bail for 24 leading members of the UDD (United front for Democracy against Dictatorship) or not.
It seems that crowds of camera teams and reporters arrived early in the morning at the criminal court and had nothing to do but waiting for something to happen. But they obviously had been pressed to produce something for the early morning news. Perhaps because of the lack of interesting pictures at least one team must have searched their archives and found pictures they made on earlier occations at the Criminal Court. One camera team must have filmed Nicola and me when we were covering the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn on April 30th 2012
|Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of the Prachatai website|
or the first trial of Jatuporn Prompan and other members of the UDD on May 12th 2011 and decided to use that old footage for the news this morning.
|May 12th 2011, Jatuporn Prompan (left) and Nisit Sinthuprai on their way to Remand Prison|
12. Mai 2011, Jatuporn Prompan und Nisit Sinthuprai auf dem Weg ins Remand-Gefängnis
We already noticed before that some TV stations were using old footage from their archives. For example the former english language TV channel TAN-Network covered the events and discussions at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT). When a topic was not that interesting and only a few visitors attended the panel discussion, TAN used to show footage from previous events when the room was packed with people. That's why we could detect ourselves or colleagues several times on TV at events we never joined. But until last week I didn't know that they manipulate the footage for news coverage in this way, too.
Another example for manipulating the truth is the toying with the number of people attending political events or protest sites. This became particularly worse during the 2011 election campaign. Here are some examples from the english language newspapers The Nation and Bangkok Post. Both newspapers were supporting the Democrat Party (DP) of then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
A similar rally as in the photo above, although led by RSTA chairman Chai Srivikorn, took place in January 2011 at the Ratchaprasong intersection. A friend of ours, who lived in that area, told us that at most 100 - 150 participants were taking part in that rally.
Im Januar 2011 fand an der Ratchaprasong bereits eine ähnliche Kundgebung statt, die ebenfalls von dem Vositzenden der RSTA Chai Srivikorn angeführt worden war. Einer unserer Freunde, der dort ganz in der Nähe lebte, versicherte uns, daß höchsten 100 - 150 Personen an der Demonstration teilgenommen haben.
The Bankok Post wrote in its edition of January 13th 2011:
Die Bankok Post vom dreizehnten Januar 2011 schrieb dazu:
Go away, says Ratchaprasong
If the rest of Bangkok's citizens who live outside the Ratchaprasong shopping district are fed up with the protest, which is held once or twice a month at the district's busy intersection by the red shirts, they simply skip the area and go shopping at the other malls. But for the big, ...
...The mass rally on Tuesday at Ratchaprasong intersection which was joined by some 2,000 business operators, vendors and employees, was meant to send a message to the red shirt leaders and supporters that they have had enough with their protests and would like them to give Ratchaprasong a break...
This faked number of protesters obviously must had angered so many readers, that the Bangkok Post at least tried to get close to the real number of participants, which they guessed this time with more than 100 attendants (still an exaggeration) when the RSTA staged their second protest on August 19th 2011 (see photo above).
Diese maßlose Übertreibung hat offensichtlich so viele Leser der Tageszeitung verärgert, daß die Bangkok Post wenigstens versuchte, beim zweiten Protest der RSTA am 19. August 2011, sich der wirklichen Teilnehmerzahl anzunähern. Dieses Mal gab sie die Zahl der Teilnehmer mit mehr als Hundert an (was immer noch eine Übertreibung war, siehe Foto).
Bangkok Post, edition August 19th 2011:
Businesses ask reds not to rally
More than 100 business operators in the Ratchaprasong intersection area on Friday afternoon rallied in protest against the red-shirt people group’s plan to hold an event to commemorate of the killed red-shirts...
Das Photo oben zeigt die jubelnde Menschenmenge vor dem Central World Department Store gegen 17.10 Uhr.
Pravit Rojanaphruk wrote in the June 24th 2011 edition of The Nation:
I did not know what to think as I watched about 5,000 Democrat Party supporters cheering as Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban...
That number is quiet acceptable because it is very difficult to estimate the exact number of people in a crowd. But I should mention that most of the journalists I met that day guessed the number of supporters at 3,000 - 4,000 people.
Diese Schätzung geht durchaus in Ordnung, da es sehr schwer ist, die genaue Zahl von Menschen bei einer Kundgebung zu beziffern. Aber ich muss dennoch anmerken, daß die meisten Journalisten, die ich dort getroffen habe, die Zahl der Anhänger auf ca. 3.000 - 4.000 Menschen geschätzt haben.
But the estimation of the Bangkok Post in it's June 25th 2011 edition can only be described as a bad joke:
Aber die von der Bangkok Post angegebene Zahl kann nur als schlechter Witz beschrieben werden:
Bangkok Post in it's June 25th 2011 edition:
Rally emboldens Democrats
ANALYSIS: Party leaders believe Ratchaprasong pleas may regain votes from Pheu Thai
The Democrat Party has taken heart from the reception to its campaign rally at Ratchaprasong intersection on Thursday night, where party leaders made emotional pleas to give them another chance.....
.... The gathering drew about 30,000 people to the heart of where armed clashes took place last April and May between the red-shirted United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship and the military.
|25,000 - 35,000 red shirt joined the UDD mass rally at Ratchaprasong |
intersection on January 9th 2011
25.000 - 35.000 Rothemden besuchten am 9. Januar 2011 die Demonstration
der UDD an der Kreuzung Ratchaprasong
Als Vergleichsmöglichkeit mit der Menschenmenge bei der Wahlveranstaltung der Democrat Party vor dem Central World Department Store (das in der oberen rechten Bildecke zu erkennen ist) möchte ich dieses Foto von einer Demonstration der Rothemden an der Ratchaprasong vom 9. Januar 2011 zeigen.
Anmerkung - da der restliche Text in unmittelbaren Zusammenhang mit den Fotos und den Auszügen aus den Zeitungen steht, habe ich die deutsche Übersetzung unter den englischen Text eingefügt