This should be no mystery to readers. After all, the “hard news” is central to any daily news’ business model – a key driver of traffic, not only in Thailand, but throughout the rest of the free world.
“Why don’t we publish more happy stories?” is regularly asked by those who seem more concerned with painting Phuket in a certain picture-perfect light, as opposed to entertaining the critical dialogue about “what is”, and more importantly, when appropriate, “what ought to be”.
The simple answer to said questions is, “We do”. Our Life section is full of feel-good, warm, loving and positive stories that remind us all why living in Phuket is wonderful (Did you see that adorable puppy on the Life Cover?)
The fact that the News section is dominated by vice is just a reflection of the day-to-day news itself. We don’t make these stories up, we don’t have to. Our job is to relay the facts to you and all the other educated readers who are sincere about understanding, and thus improving the quality of life here.
And you do have a right to know, wouldn’t you agree?
For the record, when we do get positive, time-sensitive newsworthy reports, we will run them, which are commonly in the form of progress updates – new projects, developments, infrastructure, budgets, laws, accountability… If you look hard enough, you’ll notice.
Rest assured, our primary aim is not to lure mass readership at the expense of journalistic ethics, nor is it to paint “paradise” in any particular light. (If the latter is what you are seeking, we recommend the Public Relations Department news website: prd.go.th).
Make no mistake, we’re here to serve you, Phuket, which often means telling you exactly how it is (within the sensitive constraints of media laws and ethics) while, hopefully, facilitating and promoting more honesty, transparency, integrity and accountability.
With that, we will continue to uphold our commitment to delivering the facts, and publishing what we know to be true, in a timely fashion. Thanks for depending on us, and don’t be shy – your constructive comments and feedback are always welcome.