29 Feb 2016
Media experts said that the controversial draft constitution will provide the authorities with control mechanisms to keep the media at bay in the name of national security. On Friday, 26 February 2016, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) organised a public seminar on Alternatives for Media Reform under the New Charter at the Swissôtel Le Concorde in Bangkok.
1 Feb 2016
The surprising thing about a four-minute music video mocking junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, for which a little-known district official now faces up to five years in prison, is that it doesn’t appear to contain any obviously defamatory content.
1 Feb 2016
Journalists gather in front of a TV screen to watch the opening session of Myanmar’s new parliament. This TV screen is their only source of what goes on in the main parliament chamber.
29 Jan 2016
Thai officials asked Google to make an exception and remove content without a court order, according to leaked details of a meeting this past Friday with top executives from the U.S.-based search giant. The second meeting between Google legal reps and a junta censorship committee was detailed in a document leaked by Thai net freedom advocates hours before Anonymous-aligned hacktivists shut down 20 Department of Corrections websites Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, a group of Thai activists opposed to government intrusion online pu
18 Jan 2016
Internet search giant Google reportedly expressed concern that Thailand’s Computer Crime Act could interfere with its ability to operate in the kingdom.
28 Dec 2015
In the first legal battle in the country between a film director and the Thai Censorship Committee, the Administrative Court confirmed a ban on an LGBTI-themed film over a controversial sex scene, saying that it could negatively affect public morale. The Administrative Court on Friday, 25 December 2015, confirmed an order from the Censorship Committee of the National Film and Video Board (NFVB) to ban Insects in the Backyard, an independent LGBTI-themed film, which portrays the story of a troubled family led by a single transsexual mother who struggles to raise his children.
15 Dec 2015
A Thai publisher has for the fourth time since September removed an article from the International New York Times, this time about a recent lèse majesté case. According to the BBC Thai Service, the Eastern Printing Company, the publisher of the International New York Times in Thailand, has removed an article titled ‘Thai man charged with insulting Royal dog’ from a page of the 15 December 2015 issue.
12 Oct 2015
Thailand’s Ministry of Culture has banned a horror film centring on the life of a teenage monk after the movie caused a stir among Buddhist hardliners who alleged that the film insults Buddhism. On Monday, 12 October 2015, Sahamongkol Film International, a Thai film production company, sent out a tweet to inform the public that it has to postpone screening the film ‘Abat’ (‘offense’ in the Pali language, the sacred language of Theravada Buddhism).
23 Sep 2015
Conservative Buddhist organisations in Thailand calls on the authorities to review a horror movie about a young novice, saying that the film insults Buddhism and Buddhist monks.
28 Jul 2015
The Thai military officers in Isan, northeastern Thailand, summoned a student filmmaker for talks because the student did not asked for permissions to film a documentary in a restricted area with protracted mining conflict. On 24 July 2015, the military officers of the northeastern Maha Sarakham Province summoned Pariwat Kampeera, a 21 years-old student of Maha Sarakham University for a discussion over a documentary he had filmed for a TV program called ‘Thi Nee Ban Rao’ (This is my home) of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS).
1 Jul 2015
The Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS), a public media outlet supported by the state, might face a 50,000 baht fine from the Thai authorities for broadcasting a programme on the background of the 14 embattled anti-junta student activists.
22 May 2015
(New York, May 22, 2015) – One year after seizing power, Thailand’s military junta has used dictatorial power to systematically repress human rights throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen.