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Tue, 06/04/2013 - 10:55
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Thai PM urges mass media to balance freedom, responsibility

BANGKOK, June 4 (TNA) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called on the mass media to be professional and to balance between press freedom and responsibility. Yingluck made the call in Bangkok on Tuesday morning during her speech in the World Newspaper Congress, the World Editors Forum and the World Advertising Forum, acknowledging that the mass media play important roles in distributing information, knowledge and news; so, their freedom and responsibility will give correct and adequate information to people, which become keys to mutual understanding. Yingluck suggested that the mass media prioritize public interest, order, individuals’ rights and national security, be professional and balance between press freedom and responsibility, warning that without ethical responsibility, the mass media could create public confusion, misunderstanding and unrest. According to the Thai prime minister, technological developments have opened new frontiers for the mass media in the cyberspace, the abuse of the technologies will, thus, cause damage difficult to undo and the mass media should be cautious about it. The prime minister also referred to Thailand's readiness and potential to participate in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, which will forge regional growth. (TNA)