An NRSA member accuses the media of glorifying murder suspect

A member of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has expressed concern over the presentation of the grisly murder of Khon Kaen bar girl by the mainstream and social media in a way which appeared to glorify one of the five suspects.

Before the NRSA went into its normal session on Monday, assemblyman Mr Chalermchai Krua-ngarm sought consultation with the presiding chair of the meeting, Ms Walairat Sri-aroon, about what he regarded as the media's improper presentation of the news about the murder case in a way which appeared to glorify the conduct of one of the five suspects, Ms Preeyanut Nonewangchai.

He said some of the media tried to portray Ms Preeyanut as a grateful daughter for providing financial support to her family. He also cited social media's report about a bag bought from the border by the suspect for her parents and netizens began asking where the bag was bought.

This shows the society is sick and, on behalf of the NRSA, I cannot stand it before our youth consume these media which will poison our society, said Mr Chalermchai.

He urged the NRSA's panel on media reform to issue a statement or to take any action to deal with the improper presentation of the media.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)