media freedom

3 Mar 2019
The board of the state-owned broadcaster MCOT has removed TV host Orawan Choodee from the debate programme "Election War '19" after she allowed 100 students attending the televised debate on 28 February to voice their opposition to the NCPO government's agenda.
24 Sep 2018
Voice TV station has decided to suspend Wake Up News commentators Sirote Klampaiboon and Viroj Ali and cartoonist Sia from 17 September to 17 October. Prateep Kongsib, the Director of Voice TV, later made a statement through his personal Facebook account.  “If there are no changes at all, Voice TV’s situation will be in a dangerous spot,” since “those with power” to decide its fate are strongly dissatisfied with the analysis and criticisms of the two commentators and the Wake Up cartoons.
24 May 2017
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Thai junta’s crackdown on news and information since the military coup three years ago yesterday and urges the international community to take a firmer line with the regime, which has stepped up online censorship and prosecutions of media outlets in recent months.   Yesterday was the third anniversary of the coup that brought the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to power.
1 Feb 2017
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the South East Asia Journalist Unions (SEAJU) join the National Union of Journalist of Thailand (NUJT) in denouncing the draft media regulation bill that will further suppress media in already challenging environment. The IFJ and SEAJU call for the bill to be scrapped immediately.
30 Jan 2017
Leading media organisations throughout the country have joined hands against a controversial media licensing bill that will give the government greater control over the media.   On 29 January 2017, representatives of 30 media organisations nationwide issued a joint statement against the controversial Media Reform Bill.   Citing the media as a factor in many social problems, the bill outlines moral standards for all forms of media with penalties for non-compliance.
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.
30 Aug 2016
The Thai media regulator has suspended a news programme on Voice TV, a digital TV channel owned by Panthongtae Shinawatra, the son of controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Monday, 29 August 2016, voted 3 to 1 to suspend transmission for seven days of Wake Up News, a popular morning news programme of Voice TV.   
29 Jul 2016
With three candidates for the post, Thai PBS has chosen a high ranking military officer as a new director. On Friday, 29 July 2016, the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) announced that the organisation has selected Lt Col Naravit Pao-in as the new Director of Administration and Finance. Lt Col Narawit formerly served as Deputy Director of Administration of the Market Organization under the Ministry of Interior, Director of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and officer in the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
1 Apr 2015
Working on the well-known principle that it is far more important to conceal a scandal than deal with it, Gen Prayut last week threatened to summon a Channel 3 reporter.  This brave young woman had travelled to Indonesia to report on the plight of Thais who had escaped slavery on fishing boats.  Some were languishing in prison on a remote island (that the Thai media call ‘Benjina’ although that is the name of a town on Kobroor Island).  Others sadly had died and been buried there.
28 Nov 2014
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the conviction against a Thai editor and calls for his immediate release.   Somsak Pakdeedech* was the editor of Thai E-News and was sentenced on Monday to four and half years, which was half the original sentence because he pled guilty, for defaming Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej under the country’s lѐse majesté laws.
24 Nov 2014
The military court on Monday sentenced a website editor to nine years in jail for publishing an article deemed to defame the King on a popular anti-establishment news aggregator. The sentence was halved because the defendant pleaded guilty.    The man, whose penname is Somsak Pakdeedech, oversees the content on the Thai E-News website, which mainly aggregates political news from various sources, including Prachatai.
19 Nov 2014
To highlight its important role in 60 years of promoting human rights and freedom of the press, the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) will organize a charity golf tournament, where the winners will be awarded trophies by Thailand’s current junta leader and a former unelected prime minister from the military.

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