the Thai People Get News
Thailand is a free and open society. The 1997 Constitution
guarantees freedom of expression and media freedom. It also mandates
that all airwaves now belong to the public. The Thai people get
their news from various means, but TV and radio are the most popular
to the latest statistics, released in 1994 by the Bureau of Statistics,
about 79.4 percent and 79 percent of Thai households get news from
TV and radio, respectively. The bureau said that 60 percent of those
who watch TV and listen to radio are interested in news and information.
Thailand has six TV stations, one cable TV operator, and 514 radio
stations both in AM and FM bands. According to the bureau, only
41.1 percent of Thai households read newspapers. There are 20 national
dailies in Thai, English, and Chinese, and more than 200 magazine
of the respondents, about 60 percent, said that they did not read
newspapers because they were not interested in them. However, 17.4
percent said that they live in remote areas where newspapers are
unavailable. Other reasons included the lack of money and time.
Only 30.4 percent of those who read newspapers use their own resources
to buy them, while most readers read newspapers in village libraries,
government offices, and other workplaces.
Bangkok and other major cities that can be connected to the
Internet, computer users can also get news electronically.
So far, only 32 percent of the Thai population has access
to cyberspace for news and other services. A few online news
services are available through the Internet, but there are
very few customers.