freedom of the press
27 Feb 2019
The Administrative Court has ruled that the 15-day suspension of outspoken Voice TV is invalid, and given the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) 30 days to consider an appeal. Suspension on Voice TV
28 Sep 2017
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the killing of 28-year-old journalist Shantanu Bhowmik on 21 September 2017. At the time of his murder, he was working for Din Raat, a local television channel in Tripura. He was covering a protest and roadblock by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in Mandai village near Agartala in West Tripura.
4 Sep 2017
Media professionals and human rights advocates have called on the regime to stop using the sedition law to instil an environment of fear and silence its critics. On 3 August 2017, members of the press and human rights advocates gathered at the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) in Bangkok for a public discussion on the use of Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the sedition law.
28 Aug 2017
The Cambodian government has launched over the past 3 weeks a systematic attack aimed at silencing independent media in the country with at least six media outlets being shutdown, forced off the air, or facing closure. One daily newspaper, two foreign media services and three local radio stations have been targeted in the clampdown.
13 Jun 2017
Military and police officers have prevented journalists from attending a forum on the controversial national park and wildlife protection bills, claiming that their presence could affect the image of the junta.
12 Jun 2017
A provincial court has dismissed a defamation case filed by a mining company against a newspaper who reported on its environmental abuses, after realising that an identical case is already being heard in another province. On 12 June 2017, the Roi Et Provincial Court ruled to dismiss a defamation case submitted by the mining company Myanmar Phongpipat against Pratch Rujivanarom, a journalist from The Nation newspaper, and the newspaper itself.
15 May 2017
A Thai mining company operating in Myanmar has filed a criminal defamation lawsuit against a Thai journalist for reporting alleged environmental damage. On 14 May 2017, Reporters Without Borders, journalists, and civil society groups from Thailand and Myanmar issued a joint statement to support Pratch Rujivanarom, a Nation Multimedia Group journalist. The group demands that Myanmar Pongpipat Co Ltd (MPC), a Thai mining company operating in Myanmar, withdraw lawsuits filed against Pratch and The Nation.
11 May 2017
The police have arrested the host of a TV programme exposing irregularities in food supplies to a prison. On 9 May 2017, according the Manager Online police officers arrested Yutthiyong Limlertwathee, the 51-year-old host of the TV programme ‘Sapha Kafae, Sapha Prachachon’ on ASTV News 1 Channel, at a coffee shop in Wang Thonglang District of Bangkok.
7 May 2017
It’s been more than 24 years since the media reform began in Thailand, but the state still refuses to give up its ownership of public frequencies. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commissioners, over half of whom are military and police officers, has allowed state agencies to continue to own frequencies, and ignored the recommendations from an internal committee. To make matters worse, the NCPO recently made an order allowing state agencies to retain frequencies for further five years. Currently, the military still owns over 100 frequencies.
21 Apr 2017
The YouTube channel of an anti-junta journalist who fled to the US after the 2014 coup d’état has been blocked from audiences in Thailand. On 20 April 2017, the YouTube channel ‘Jom Voice’ of Jom Petpradab, a veteran journalist now living in self-exile in the US, was found blocked. “[This channel] cannot be watched from your country!” reads the statement on YouTube.
11 Apr 2017
Despite opposition from media groups, the junta is proposing a law to punish unlicensed journalists with two years in prison. On 10 April 2017, Maj Gen Pisit Pao-In, chairman of the media subcommittee of the junta’s National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA), announced that under the new Media Bill, media workers who do not possess official licenses could face two years’ imprisonment, or a fine of 60,000 baht, or both.
4 Apr 2017
BBC Thai has revealed that its controversial biography of King Vajiralongkorn broke records as the site’s most popular story, accumulating millions of views despite the article eventually being censored in Thailand. The biography of Thailand’s new King, published in December last year, has received over 3 million views and counting, revealed Iain Haddow, Executive Editor of BBC Asia, at a public talk on ‘Media Freedom in an Increasingly Authoritarian World’ on 29 March 2017. The biography has had 10 times as many views as the site’s next top performing story.