media freedom

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.
17 Nov 2014
Prachatai looked into record of those who just campagined for the media freedom -- six months after the coup.
15 Nov 2014
Despite the junta’s rhetoric about initiating a national reform debate for a ‘functioning democracy’, the junta’s interference in a Thai PBS programme which allowed people to voice opinions on reform ironically shows how the junta is doing the opposite, according to civil society groups.    According to Isara News Agency, executives of Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) obeyed the junta by removing Nattaya Wawweerakhup from the programme “Voices of the People that must be heard before the Reform” after the military pressured the TV channel
14 Nov 2014
Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service, Thai PBS, reportedly removed the host of a programme which allowed people to voice opinions on the junta’s reform plans after junta representatives met with the channel’s executives, Isara News Agency reported on Friday.  
14 Nov 2014
The Thai military government has invited editors of mainstream media to a few meetings.
27 May 2014
The newspaper stands by Pravit's news reports and opinion pieces, saying they are in line with its editorial policies   In a letter addressed to General Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday, The Nation called on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to release its senior journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from military custody as soon as possible.   In the letter, The Nation's managing editor Jintana Panyaarvudh said Pravit's detention was akin to curtailing press freedom.
22 May 2014
SEAPA Statement on the Declaration of Martial law in Thailand The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) expresses gravest concern over the Royal Thai Army’s imposition of martial law yesterday across Thailand, particularly that it has targeted the media and freedom of expression.
3 Dec 2010
Burma has in recent weeks been one of the top world news stories. The country’s November 7 general election was followed less than a week later by the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world’s best-known political dissidents, whose appearance at her front gate on Saturday, November 13, was carried on news networks around the world.


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