CMU seminar held to discuss
media reporting of political crisis
A seminar which discussed the duty of the media to report crisis
situations with accuracy and fairness was held September 7 at CMU’s Faculty
of Mass Communication, attended by representatives from 3 Chiang Mai
are mass communication academics from 3 Chiang Mai universities during the
During the present political crisis which resulted in the declaration of a
state of emergency in Bangkok, it was feared that the mass media was being
used as a political tool to inflame the situation and to influence public
opinion with the intent of provoking further violence.
The Dean of the Faculty of Mass Communication, Assistant Prof. Sodsri
Pai-Inchan, opened the seminar by stating that, at present, the mass media
should be reporting the changing situation responsibly, and with
impartiality, without efforts to influence public opinion. Lecturer Srithon
Rojanasupot, Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at Payap
University, noted that, in general, both aspects of the political conflict
had been represented, with no preference given to either side. However, she
continued, a neutral area of information should be provided, thus
publicizing developments in the correct manner.
Dr. Jiraporn Wittayasakpan, from CMU, stated that the present resistance to
finding a solution came not from differing political ideologies, but from
differing patterns of thought amongst the general public as well as the
As a result, the seminar concluded that all contrasting viewpoints should be
reported fairly and objectively, will all relevant opinions publicised as
such. The general public should be encouraged to understand the principles
of democracy. Finally, Dr. Jiraporn mentioned the specific duty of NBT to
publicise governmental procedures, and suggested strongly that the service
should not be used to vilify opposition to the government, which should be
setting a good example to the media in general.
Assist. Prof. Annop Limpanarom, also from CMU, agreed with Dr. Jiraporn in
that the government was using NBT as a tool, and that an objective account
of the issues behind the present conflict should be publicised. Only
penetrative information should be provided to the public, as, if a national
media station is used to influence opinion, the government could be accused
of using public property for its sole advantage.
CM Joint replacement clinic uses minimally invasive operating
techniques and local screening
Due to an increase in the number of patients in the city with
orthopaedic problems involving knee and hip joints, the Total Joint
Replacement (TJR) clinic at Vejthani Hospital is cooperating with the clinic
of Dr. Sutthee Sutat na Ayudthaya, a well-known Chiang Mai orthopaedic
surgeon, to offer computer-assisted minimally invasive surgery which
involves less recovery time and a more reliable result than traditional
is Dr. Suthee explaining the new surgical and screening techniques.
Decaying joint problems are more common in the north of Thailand than in
other regions, particularly in the elderly, due to the traditional cultural
practice of sitting on the floor. Older retired foreigners resident in the
city and neighbouring provinces also add to the increasing numbers of
sufferers from this painful condition.
In the past it was necessary for patients to travel to Bangkok for related
medical services before their operations, increasing costs considerably. As
a result of the new agreement, prior screening will be able to take place in
Chiang Mai at the TJR centre, the first of its kind in Thailand. The new
minimally invasive operating techniques are expected to also extend the
period of use of replacement joints from 5 years to an average of 20-30
years before replacement is necessary.
dress heads display at Holiday Inn
The highlight of Maross’ show
was the wedding dress from ELE,
painted by Ning Ning.
The recent Wedding Fair, “Season of Love,” held in the Nanta Ballroom at the
Holiday Inn, featured a show of spectacular wedding dresses by Maross,
including the star turn, a dress made entirely from the now famous elephant
painted silk. The elephant artist involved is the 3 year old “Ning-Ning,”
resident at the Elephant Life Experience, (ELE), in Maetaman valley. A very
During the 2 day event, visitors were able to browse jewellery and cosmetics
booths, with experts on hand to advise. Food and wine tastings were popular,
as were wedding and photography studios. Holiday Inn specialist staff are
happy to advise on planning an event, and can be contacted on 053-275-300 or
[email protected] hichiangmai.net.