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Manipulating The News

As Manchester City fans we must keep the faith and be not be too concerned over what recently appeared to be a Human Rights Watch attack on Thaksin Shinawatra. Although it was not the usual regurgitation of Military Junta nonsense, it was equally dishonest, in that it had been carefully cherry-picked from the Human Rights Watch Report 2007 by a highly paid professional activist trying to justify his existence.

The Human Rights Watch Report 2007 is available for anyone to read at HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH 2007. It is a huge document, and this is why the activist's comments become questionable.

References to Thailand make up only the tiniest part of the report, with the retrospective allegations made against Thaksin for his war on Thai drug dealers making up an even smaller part. What the charge amounts to is that Thaksin was too rough in his war on the drug dealers who were corrupting and destroying Thailand's children and youth.

The European Union itself is censured in the HRW report for its strong condemnation of the Military coup which ousted Thaksin's democratic government. The HRW report also censures the European Union for not once criticizing Thaksin throughout the period of Thaksin's five year democratic tenure. It also censures the EU for seeking a free trade agreement with Thaksin's democratic government.

Let's remember that the European Union is notably forthright in its condemnation of human rights violations across the World, and doesn't pull its punches. You could be certain that if the EU had found anything wrong with Thaksin's administration, it would have said so and acted without hesitation.

Like all organisations that conduct research and advocate action on human rights the Human Rights Watch has its imperfections and critics. But my intention here is not to criticise HRW, I have the utmost respect and admiration for the work they do around the World. My intention is rather to draw attention to the ways in which certain individuals and organisations seem to manipulate the news when it comes to the easy target that Manchester City Chairman Thaksin Shinawatra seems to present to the World.

Bob Walsh

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Writer:Bob Walsh
Date:Wednesday August 8 2007
Time: 4:59PM


Any right minded person wil know there are always two sides to every strory and never believe anything that you read in the Press.
08/08/2007 20:35:00
Bob,It gives these people publicity, and the old saying is if you throw enough mud, some of it will stick, Dr Thaksin was ousted not for any human rights issue, as I understand it, but for selling his shares in his company to a foreign buyer. He was elected by his people twice and his belief in trying to save the young people of thailand from coming under the influence of the ever increasing drug problem which was affecting his country. I am a believer in free speech and that everyone has a right to voice their opinions, whether I agree with them or not, is my choice. I also believe that it is a persons right to a fair trial and that a man is innocent until he is proven guilty. Here we have a case of trial by media and an attempt disgrace DR. T. My own worries are that, this will not go away and that these so called 'do gooders' for want of a better word will start demonstrations at the COMS, but I hope that I am completely wrong in that respect.
Buzz Lightyear
09/08/2007 17:51:00
I agree with all you say Buzz, and I share your horror at the thought of a 'do gooders' demo. I think this unlikely, though you could not guarantee that some fascist might find it worth their time to shout down a democrat in favour of a Military Dictatorship. Dr. Thaksin is one of us now, dedicated to the future success of Manchester City, and that's not a crime. We must close ranks and speak up in his defence, not blindly, but always asking for evidence from his accusers, evidence that will stand up in a democratic court. Bob Walsh
Clear Sky
09/08/2007 21:45:00
Clear Skv, good point, and I know that the City fans will indeed back up one of our own.
Buzz Lightyear
10/08/2007 07:41:00
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