BANGKOK, THAILAND: The Thai government began a hard-hitting media
relations campaign last month to stymie the country's growing drug
problem, summoning journalists to watch the executions of five men, four
of whom were drug traffickers.
The executions took place a week after the government burned three tons
of narcotics in a public ceremony.
The crackdown is supported by Thailand prime minister Thaksin
Shinawatra, who believes public executions will deter potential
But Amnesty International claims the death penalty is no more effective
in reducing crime than other types of punishment.