The recent political events in Thailand have provided a great platform for Thai citizen journalists to display their skills. One of the more popular blogs -The Media Slut, publishes a composition of photographs taken by ordinary citizens at the numerous anti-government rallies that have been organized in the past few weeks. Within 48 hours of posting these pictures, its server crashed due to heavy traffic to the website. The site has grown from just a small hobby into one with a network that now has writers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Surprisingly, the site is hosted in Singapore, and not in Thailand. The official reason for this is that although political opinions may not be presented freely in Singapore, facts can. Another more plausible reason according to the author of this article is that as Singapore positions itself as the media hub of Asia, it cannot afford to be viewed as a censorship happy nation state.
One of the first few meetings of Thai citizen journalists will be held in Thailand on 19th March at the Thammasat University Faculty of Journalism.