From Aussie Observer over at The Nation blog:
Nation Group cuts a deal to escape legal entanglements and said sorry on a Thaksin corruption charge
Thaksin saved billions on the new Suvarnabhumi airport construction but was wrongly accused of stealing billions....
Nation Group published an apology for getting a report of Thaksin corruption wrong, according to Thai E News, a popular internet democratic-oriented news agency.
“It is laughable that a story that won the best report prize of the mainstream press’ most important award of excellence in its “report of the year award,” is having to apologise today that there were no corruption involved as the Nation Group reported,” said Thai E News.
In the apology, Nation Group, said a host of mistakes including several wrong interpretations of English language communications between several of the parties suspected of corruptions, were innocently made. Nation Group, publishes the English language Nation newspaper among others, and have a profitable English language learning courses related businesses going.
This is hilarious. Hey, if you can't read the English documents, just make the shit up and interpret it anyway you want.
The opposition Democrat Party, also used the Nation Group reporting as the basis for a 20 hour blistering no-confident censure debate in parliament that forced Thaksin to remove his close friend and supporter, Suriya, off the important communications minister post.
The case is significant, according to Thai E news because the case, TCX, flamed the anti-Thaksin sentiments across Thailand, as the Nation Group, kept running the TCX story in a series as a major story, that got most of the press in Bangkok following its suit. Thaksin eventually was kicked out of office by a coup that accused Thaksin of massive corruption scandal everywhere.
The TCX case followed another case of corruption charges, that the local press built up and followed rabidly, that finally proved baseless, which is about a duty free operation at the airport.
Here is the link to the story in Thai.
The bloggers over at The Nation are demanding answers. The Yoonster's silence is deafening. The Yoonster never apologizes for his lies. Is it my imagination or does The Nation never offer corrections to its stories? Most honest newspapers with ethical standards have a correction's section.
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