freedom of the press
16 Nov 2016
In a landmark case for media, a Thai court has dismissed a criminal defamation case filed against the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) and four media workers for airing a program on environment impacts of the gold mining industry. On 16 November 2016, the Bangkok Criminal Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Tungkam Co. Ltd against Thai PBS and four of its current and previous employees. Tungkam is a gold mining company operating in Wang Saphung District of the northeastern Loei Province.
4 May 2016
The Thai media has called on the Thai junta to abolish orders restricting freedom of the press while the junta leader scolded them for their demand, implying that the Thai media already enjoys enough freedom.
4 Mar 2016
At least 10 foreign correspondents based in Thailand have been denied media visas during the past two months, said the former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. Jonathan Head, who has been tasked with monitoring and responding to issue, said all 10 were bona fide journalists and not fakes, making it difficult to understand the rationale for the Foreign Ministry’s decisions. “We still don’t really understand what the Foreign Ministry is trying to achieve,” he said. “All are doing legitimate media work.”
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.
1 Dec 2015
A Thai publishing company has removed from the front page of the International New York Times an article about a dismal Thai economy under military rule. News kiosks in Thailand offered the 1 December 2015 issue of the International New York Times on their shelves with an article at the centre of its front page missing. Instead of a headline and text, an empty space contains the simple message “The article in this space was removed by our printer in Thailand. The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal.”
24 Nov 2015
Media experts have pointed out that the military regime uses the 2008 broadcasting law and a broadcasting regulatory agency as a media control apparatus. According to iLaw, the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Professionals of Broadcasting Council (PBC) (Thailand) on 18 November 2015 co-organised a seminar titled ‘Law vs. Production of TV Programmes’ at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok.
16 Nov 2015
A year and a half after a military coup in Thailand, Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report about the Thai military’s skilfully orchestrated crackdown on freedom of information. Lead by the capricious Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Thai junta has been persecuting the media for the past 18 months, imposing a reign of terror that has included interrogations, arbitrary arrests, a spate of prosecutions and barely veiled threats.
8 May 2015
Last week, Freedom House, the Washington, DC based human rights organization, released its annual report Freedom of the Press 2015, a damning assessment in the decline of global media freedoms. Around the world journalists were subject to an increasing battery of national security laws, sedition charges, censorship, arrest, intimidation and the extrajudicial killing of journalists.