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Democratizing Communication

Title: Democratizing Communication: Media Activism and Broadcasting Reform in Thailand.
Name(s): Wongrujira, Monwipa, author
McDowell, Stephen D., professor directing dissertation
Bertot, John C., outside committee member
Mayo, John K., committee member
Proffitt, Jennifer M., committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study is to examine the reform of broadcasting media in Thailand during the period 2000-2006. The Constitution of 1997 initiated reform of the political and media structure. It led to the enactment of the 2000 Act on Organization for Frequency Allocation and Supervision of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Businesses. These legal frameworks advanced institutional restructuring by establishing independent regulatory bodies to regulate the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. They aimed to move regulatory authority from the hands of state bureaucrats and the military to a new independent regulator. Applying an institutional approach and a stakeholder analysis, the processes of media democratization and media activism are the central concerns of the study. Through the examination of newspaper archives, government documents, and personal interviews, the findings indicate that even though the government entities and their business liaisons are interested in the reform of broadcasting industry, they still want to retain their control of broadcasting media. The goals of diversity and public accessibility gain little attention from the people in power, and the opening of markets to competition is not evidenced. However, three case studies of media reform advocacy demonstrate that civil society movements have made efforts to move the reform of the Thai broadcasting media to enhance media democratization, including independence, diversity, and accessibility. Intellectuals, journalism professionals, and a non-governmental organization—Campaign for Popular Media Reform—have contributed to the reform of the broadcasting media. Although the proposed new independent regulator (National Broadcasting Commissions) was not established, the intention to democratize the broadcasting media is still alive, and the participation of the civil sectors in the policy decision process is ongoing.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0831 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: March 27, 2008.
Keywords: Civil Society, Media Democratization, Broadcasting Reform, Media Activism, Thailand
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Stephen D. McDowell, Professor Directing Dissertation; John C. Bertot, Outside Committee Member; John K. Mayo, Committee Member; Jennifer M. Proffitt, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
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Owner Institution: FSU

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