There comes a time when starting out on any venture where one has to justify the new course that has been taken.
So indulge me for a second, dear reader, to explain why we at Thai Enquirer feel that there is a need for another English-language publication here in Thailand.
We feel that although some of our competitors have been called newspapers of record, either by design or through circumstance, they are no longer challenging the status quo.
Thus there is a need in Thailand for a news outlet that is independent, fair-minded, fearless, and most importantly inquisitive. We will strive to be all of those things and more.
And while the word ‘Thai’ is in our masthead, spoken in our newsroom, and a key part of our identity, we will not limit ourselves to coverage of just Thailand. We will cover issues and interests inside the Kingdom, as well as in the broader region and the wider world, where we feel it necessary, prudent, or when a story demands telling.
Lastly and hopefully not to sound too cliché, the world around us is changing at a frenetic pace with all the problematic -isms of yesteryear manifesting themselves in new and malevolent ways. A free and fair media must do its part in society to report on, scrutinise and hopefully keep such totalitarian ideas at bay while also while also creating room for constructive dialogue.
To quote Ray Bradbury, author of the seminal dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” In keeping with the spirit of Mr. Bradbury, we hope to continue the dialogue.