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3 Feb 2016
A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.   Known for skewering figures across the political spectrum in cartoons for The Nation newspaper, Stephane "Stephff" Peray wrote exasperated messages on social media Tuesday afternoon questioning the reason for the decision.   “Very good news for those who hate me, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused me [sic] renewal
4 Jan 2016
After being forced to shut down since the 2014 coup, along with many other community radio stations in the area, Media Selatan, a local Malay radio station in the Deep South, is coming back on air early this year. The director of Media Selatan states that shutting down local media is tantamount to closing channels for citizens to express their opinions about the ongoing peace process. 
4 Oct 2015
The Thai junta has summoned a renowned cartoonist from Thairath, the biggest circulation newspaper in Thailand, for ‘attitude adjustment’, saying that he distorted facts about the regime.   The junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) summoned Sakda Sae-eaw, known by his penname of Sia, a cartoonist whose column is on Thairath page 3, to report to the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok at 10 am on Sunday, 4 October 2015.
4 Oct 2015
A renowned cartoonist of Thairath, a daily newspaper with biggest circulation in Thailand, was summoned by the military for his cartoons criticizing junta, Voice TV reported on Sunday morning.    The report said Sakda Sae-eaw, known by his penname as “Sia,” a cartoonist whose column is on Thairath page 3, reported in at the Royal Thai Army Headquarter on Sunday morning.     
1 Oct 2015
An initiative in Thailand to create a single government-controlled gateway for international Internet traffic represents a clear danger to online freedoms, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today. CPJ calls on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to drop the proposed plan and stop harassing journalists and social media users.
24 Sep 2015
The 16 September resignation of Pravit Rojanaphruk, senior reporter of The Nation and acerbic critic of the coup government of Thai premier Gen Prayut Chan-ocha due to mounting pressure within the newspaper, particularly from his own colleagues, has put a spotlight on deep seated issues among the Thailand media.
17 Sep 2015
The Thai junta ordered removal of an aerial of a local anti-establishment red shirt radio station in Isan, Thailand's Northeast.
16 Sep 2015
The Thai junta has released an anti-junta journalist and Pheu Thai politicians detained incommunicado. At 4 pm on Tuesday, 15 September 2015, the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) released Pravit Rojanaphruk, 48, an anti-junta journalist of the the Nation news agency, from the 1st Army Region Base in Bangkok after he was detained incommunicado for two days.  
7 Sep 2015
The provincial court in central Thailand has allowed a reporter from Hong Kong charged with the violation the country’s Arm Control Act to go overseas. According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the Provincial Court of the central province of Samut Prakan on Monday, 7 September 2015, has returned a passport of Hok-chun Kwan, aka. Anthony, 29, a photojournalist based in Hong Kong, and allowed him to go overseas.
27 Aug 2015
Bullet-proof vests are meant to save your life but in Thailand they can get you arrested, as Hong Kong-based photo-journalist Hok-chun “Anthony” Kwan learned when officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport found a bullet-proof vest and helmet in his bags as he was about to fly home on 23 August.
1 Apr 2015
GENEVA (1 April 2015) – United Nations expert on freedom of expression David Kaye today urged the Government of Thailand to unequivocally distance itself from the Thai’s leader intimidating statements against freedom of the press, and take immediate measures to allow space for debate and freedom of expression.   General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of the coup that deposed the elected government of Thailand and assumed powers as Prime Minister in 2014, has said recently that journalists who criticize him or ‘causes divisions’ could be subjected to execution, and
26 Mar 2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Journalists, Thailand (NUJT) deplores the comments made by Thai military junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha against journalists on Wednesday, March 25. The IFJ and NUJT condemn the comments as a threat to press freedom in Thailand, noting that the comments illustrate the continued decline of press freedom in Thailand over the past 12 months. 

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