“A new study has found that Thailand’s leading newspaper has become a ‘major source of information for the country’s foreign affairs and military intelligence agencies’.” The Bangkok Post reports: “A report by the University of Hawaii’s Center for Internet and Society found that Thai-language newspapers such as the Post and Daily News had been a major source of foreign affairs information for military and intelligence agencies in recent years.”
According to the report, “the study also found that many of the newspapers have been the subject of a large-scale corruption scandal.”
The Post has been one of the most prominent newspapers in the country, but its circulation has dropped sharply.
The newspaper has reported a sharp drop in readership in recent months, with the number of daily newspapers declining from 1.3 million in the second quarter of 2017 to 800,000 last month.
The study also examined the circulation of the two leading daily newspapers in Thailand, the Daily News and the Post, and found that they both had more than 2 million daily readers.
The Post’s circulation dropped from 1,500,000 readers in the first quarter of this year to 785,000 in the quarter ending September 30.
The Daily News, meanwhile, had an average daily readership of 2.3million readers in 2017.
Both newspapers had a large number of readers in rural areas.
“These papers have become a major contributor to the Thai foreign policy and national security apparatus, and a major conduit for foreign-language information,” the study said.
The researchers also found the papers were frequently censored and were being used to spread false news.
“They have been used to promote the false idea that the Thai government and the royal family are not truly independent of the monarchy and its policies,” said the study’s lead author, David T. Gresham, a professor of journalism at the University at Albany.
“And it’s often done by people with connections to the monarchy.
The paper’s coverage is often used as a vehicle for spreading false news.”
The study’s authors noted that the media has been the focus of widespread government pressure in recent times, including the ongoing impeachment trial of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which has seen the monarchy, along with other political and religious figures, threatened with prosecution.