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December 10, 2012

Bangkok’s Foreign Correspondents Outshined by the BBC

Every once in a while an interview comes out that makes you stand up and applaud the quality and value of journalism, and with this interview below, I am reminded why I am so fond of the Beeb. In just a matter of minutes, BBC World Service host Mishal Husain asks more tough questions to former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that the entire foreign press corps of Bangkok have asked in two years since the bloody Bangkok massacres. And give due credit to Ms. Husain, she actually sticks to her questions and holds her subject to provide answers. How these kinds of tenacious interviews were not possible in the past two years among the many foreign correspondents stationed in Bangkok, I do not know, but it explains a lot about the collective mentality among Thailand’s media community that it would take the BBC World Service to show them how to do a proper job.

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