RESEARCH

Tales

of

Two

Movements

HOW THAILAND’S ONLINE MEDIA REPORT ON COMMUNITY ACTIVISM

“The only reason we managed to produce so much coverage [about the two movements] was the demand from our audiences. How the movements managed to prolong [the conversations] about their causes and kept such attention going, allowed us to press our editors and say: You know people are really invested in these issues. If we cover their stories, it would work.”

Thailand’s media has long been known for neglecting the perspectives of marginalised people. But in the past decade, a shift in the country’s media landscape has seen the emergence of online media outlets that promote pluralism and stress the importance of human rights.

This new research analyses how six leading online news outlets reported on two community-based movements: The ethnic Karen #SaveBangKloi campaign and the activism of the Chana Rak Thin group in southern Thailand.

Based on a content analysis of over 350 news items and in-depth interviews with journalists and human rights defenders, the report offers a snapshot of emerging trends in human rights journalism and how civic groups collaborated with media outlets to strengthen and diversify the news coverage.

TALES OF TWO MOVEMENTS: HOW THAILAND’S ONLINE MEDIA REPORT ON COMMUNITY ACTIVISM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Executive Summary

Introduction

Background

Methodology

Findings

  1. A Timeline of Community Activism
  2. Emerging Trends in Coverage of Community Movements
  3. Media Portrayals and Movements’ Actions
  4. Alternative Portrayals of Human Rights Defenders

    Recommendations

RESEARCHERS Gamonchanok Towapong, Sippachai Kunnuwong,  Paritta Wangkiat, Edited by Fabian Drahmoune, Conducted by the Equal Narratives Foundation and HaRDstories

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Funded by The Fund for Global Human Rights