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Thai army obliges to requests for TV soap operas and music

The New Paper | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Since you're reforming politics, you might as well reform your music," said one post on the military's Facebook page, which was set up Tuesday.

THAILAND - The army is in power in Thailand. But the two things riling the Thais are music and TV.

Soon after the junta took over, they asked all TV channels to broadcast only army announcements and patriotic hymns.

The public was not impressed. Their request: Please change the soundtrack.

By Friday evening, the junta did so. Soap operas also returned to screens.

"Since you're reforming politics, you might as well reform your music," said one post on the military's Facebook page, which was set up Tuesday.

Song requests poured in for Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Disney hit Let It Go, and for foot-tapping Thai folk music.

Mothers found it difficult to explain to their children why their favourite cartoon was off-air, Bangkok Post reported.

"I don't understand why they had to black out cartoon channels on cable TV," said Ms Pojana, who has a three-year-old daughter.

She said: "On top of the uncertain situation, there is nowhere to go, no TV to keep my daughter entertained, and no easy explanation."


This article was first published on May 25, 2014.
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