Throughout the conflicts in Thailand between yellow shirts and red shirts, anti- and pro-Thaksin forces, the takeover of the Bangkok airport, the cancellation of the ASEAN summit, etc., the Vietnamese press covered events remarkably thoroughly and without apparent censorship. The sense that Thailand’s multiparty democracy was resulting in chaos, and the contrast with Vietnamese stability, was clear.
The election protests in Iran, by contrast, have received very scant coverage. The relatively independent VietnamNet has nothing in its “World” section on Iran. Thanh Nien’s sole piece reports only that yesterday Khamenei affirmed that Ahmadinejad had won the elections and said that foreign countries, including Britain, are interfering in Iran’s affairs.
Not sure why the coverage is so different. Thailand is right next door, but that doesn’t seem a sufficient explanation.
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