Manusya, Journal of Humanities

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In this paper I want to look at the constitutionalisation of media reform as part of the political and cultural transformation process in contemporary Thai society. The formation of media space as public space is at the heart of the development of a civil society in which a fully democratised public sphere is the inevitable infrastructure. It is arguable that the media expansion during the economic boom period did not actually signify a greater degree of freedom of communication for all. Rather, it demonstrated the economic expression of the middle classes and of global capitalists who are in a better position to capture the media space. For over a decade they have continued to enjoy growing freedom and have been able to make their voices heard loudly and constantly. It has, thus, become the hegemonic expression in this emerging public space.

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