A new bill aimed at encouraging
youngsters to opt for appropriate media content will be discussed
at a preliminary hearing next week, a senior Culture Ministry
official said yesterday.
He was speaking at a four-day
seminar, which wraps up on Thursday, at which 120 students from 10
Bangkok-based schools were present. The seminar is part of a
ministry project to discuss social media and freedom of speech
with the youth.
Apinan Poshyananda, Culture Ministry's deputy permanent secretary,
explained that the "safe and constructive media bill" would cover
films, television shows, games as well as karaoke as he cited a
recent survey showing that Thai students spent up to eight hours a
day surfing the Net or chatting with their friends. He said these
chats or time spent on the Net were mostly unrelated to