“Neua Mek 2” Cancellation triggers Wildfire in Thailand
Channel 3’s decision to pull “Neua Mek 2″ has triggered an uproar in Thailand. Although the station has come out to confirm the reason for pulling the show off air was because its content violated section 37 of the “Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations Act,” viewers are not satisfied with the reasoning. Section 37 prohibits broadcasting of “content that seeks to overthrow the constitutional monarchy, threatens national security or morality, or constitutes profanity or causes severe harm to people’s mental or physical health.”
Viewers alike feel that Channel 3’s decision to axe the show also violated their constitutional rights. Frustrated and furious many are showing their support by starting facebook pages, garnering thousands of likes in support. A group of hackers also hacked into the Channel 3 website posting a message “Neua Mek Where are you?” Although being reportedly up for only 15 minutes, the damage has already been done. While some urge that Channel 3 air the remaining episodes, others are threatening to boycott the channel.
Channel 3 may have been pressured by the government to pull the show off air before this; however now it’s the people voicing their opinion to have the station put the show back on air. A poll conducted by Bansomdej surveying more than 1500 people revealed 96% who did not agree with Channel 3’s decision.
What exactly is contained in the remaining episodes that is deemed inappropriate? Will Channel 3 surrender to pressure from the people? Let’s see how the rest of this drama plays out.