7 Mar 2017
Without any explanation, Thailand has blocked access to the online edition of the New York Post. According to Thai Netizen Network (TNN), the website has been blocked since 23 February by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.
23 Feb 2017
Senior journalists have denounced the junta’s controversial Media Bill, arguing the junta wishes to entrench itself in power rather than promote truth and responsible media. On 22 February 2017, a panel of senior journalists and media officials at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand warned that severe new media regulations proposed by the junta represent the military’s ambitions to maintain an influence in Thai politics even after the country transitions to a democratic system. Thepchai Yong, the President of the Thai Broadcas
5 Feb 2017
Within days of a Section 44 order banning certain ideas from entering the country, chaos reigned at the kingdom’s borders. In an attempt to promote unity and reconciliation and to thwart political divisions, Prime Minister and National Council for Peace and Order Head Prayut Chan-o-cha exercised his supreme authority to ban the entry into Thailand of any work connected to 7 ideologies: communism, socialism, liberalism, anti-monarchism, anti-conservatism, antimilitarism and antidisestablishmentarianism.
23 Jan 2017
The junta’s National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has proposed a new bill to set moral standards for the media which it blames for social ills. Media groups, however, say the bill gives the government greater control. Six leading media associations plan to meet at the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) on Sunday 29 January 2017 to voice their stance against the NRSA’ Media Reform Bill.
10 Dec 2016
A civil society group has called on people to engage in a social media campaign to prevent the junta’s lawmakers to pass the new draconian Computer Crime Bill.
10 Dec 2016
It has been nine years since the Computer Crime Act (CCA) was promulgated in the wake of the 2006 coup to control the netizens in Thailand. Many websites have been blocked, often permanently without due process or remedy; and many internet users have unjustifiably faced criminal prosecution for expressing their opinion online. Now, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) appointed by the 2014 coup-makers is considering amendments to the law as one of its primary agenda.
21 Nov 2016
The amended version of the controversial Computer Crime Act will give the Thai authorities a blank check to close down websites as the regime wishes, said an internet freedom advocate.
3 Nov 2016
After tasking the Army Cyber Centre with a lèse majesté hunt, the Thai government has claimed it has blocked about 900 URLs with content deemed insulting to the Thai Monarchy or threatening to national security. On 2 October 2016, ACM Prajin Janthong, a deputy minister and caretaker Minister for Digital Economy and Society (DE), said that so far the centre has blocked 200 URLs with content allegedly violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, in accordance with the junta’s order.
27 Oct 2016
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT Thailand: Proposed amendments to Computer-Related Crime Act fail to address human rights concerns Bangkok, 25 October 2016 We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, urge Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to reject currently proposed amendments to the 2007 Computer-Related Crime Act (CCA) and to instead adopt amendments that would bring the law into l
14 Oct 2016
Update: Retracting an earlier announcement, the junta leader said in the morning of 14 October 2016 that all TV channels will be allowed to broadcast normal programming after midnight on 14 October. The Thai authorities have ordered all TV channels to broadcast state programmes for at least 30 days while asking for cooperation for everyone not to engage in entertainment activities.
13 Jul 2016
The Thai military prohibited discussants at a public forum in Isaan, Thailand’s northeast, to talk about politics, referendum, and the lèse majesté law. The authorities however ironically allow them to talk about human right issues only.
4 Apr 2016
Finnish organizations promoting freedom of expression are disappointed in Thailand’s government’s decision to ban journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to Finland. Rojanaphruk was invited to participate in UNESCOs Press Freedom Day conference in Helsinki during May 2–4 2016. Finnish PEN, Reporters Without Borders in Finland, Finnish Foundation for Media and Development Vikes and Union of Journalists in Finland are demanding Pravit Rojanaphruk to be allowed to participate in the conference.