23 May 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has no objection to Thai or foreign movie companies making movies about the Tham Luang rescue operation as it would  help enhance Thailand’s image, government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said today.

However, he said the prime minister would want to see such movie project  carefully considered. A national-level ad hoc panel to oversee the matter will be set up, he said.

The prime minister also thanked the Thai media for adhering to advice of psychiatrists and social welfare workers to stay away from the 13 Tham Luang cave survivors.

Commenting on the interview that a correspondent of ABC News had with one of the Wild Boars boys in defiance of the advice, Sansern said the prime minister noted that the correspondent in question did not coordinate with the officials in Mae Sai district before the interview.

The spokesman quoted  the prime minister as saying that he cannot force members of the media to interview or to not interview the survivors as it depends on their judgment.

However, the prime minister has instructed the Chiang Rai governor to make sure that the rights to privacy of the survivors, especially the underaged boys, are protected and to manage requests for interviews from the media after  complaints from their parents that they felt  uncomfortable with a flood of interview requests.