press freedom

12 Feb 2015
Press freedom in Thailand has fallen on the Reporters Without Borders index from a ranking of 130 in 2014 to 134 in 2015. Thailand still remains the second best among the ten members of the ASEAN.
10 Sep 2014
  Thai authorities reportedly planned to implement a surveillance device starting from 15 September to sniff out Thai Internet users, specifically targeting those producing and reading lèse majesté content, a report says. Although the report is yet to be confirmed, it has created greater climate of fear among media.    Prachatai has received unconfirmed reports from two different sources.
14 Aug 2014
  The board of the Thailand Journalists Association (TJA) on Thursday resolved to nominate four current and former members for appointment to the junta’s National Reform Council (NRC), Matichon Online reported.   The four are Pradit Ruangdit, president, Manit Suksomjit, advisor, Sommai Parichat, former president and Surasak Jirawatmongkol, vice president.
6 Aug 2014
  Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has blocked access to two Prachatai English news stories on the alleged torture of red-shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasen, without giving any explanation to the online news outlet.
1 Aug 2014
  ASTV-Manager Weekly Magazine publishes black cover on its latest  issue and it will temporarily stop publishing for three weeks as a response to the junta’s intimidation.    According to Thai PBS, the black cover is to protest against media intimidation by the junta.  The magazine will stop publishing for three weeks to “ease pressure” during the investigation by the Press Council of Thailand.    The junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) last week issued Order No.
26 Jul 2014
  The junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Saturday reprimanded ASTV-Manager Weekly magazine for discrediting the junta.    NCPO Order No. 108 stated that issue 253 of the magazine, published on July 23, contained “several issues” based on “false information with dishonest intention” and that the magazine intended to “destroy the credibility of the NCPO.”    This is a violation of NCPO Order No.
22 Jul 2014
  After the junta last Friday issued Order No. 97, prohibiting media from criticizing the junta and that any media outlet dare to criticize the junta would be shut down, on Monday night the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) withdrew its order.    The latest announcement, issued Monday night, amended the Order No.
23 Jun 2014
Two defamation lawsuits were filed recently by the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore against online media regarding the publication of articles criticising their roles as leaders in their respective countries.   The defamation cases are civil suits filed as “private individuals” against online media: Singaporean blogger Roy Ngerng, and Malaysiakini, Malaysia’s most popular online news site.   Even though these lawsuits did not use existing criminal
4 Feb 2014
Two journalists, a Thai and an American, were injured while covering clashes between government supporters and opponents in the Bangkok suburb of Laksi on the eve of yesterday’s general elections.
20 Dec 2013
The Royal Navy army sued two journalists from Phuketwan website after they reported navy’s involvement in trafficking the Rohingyas in Southern Thailand.
1 Jun 2013
May 31 - A recently announced licensing scheme for online news in Singapore is effectively extending the country’s strict regulation of news and public affairs information to its relatively-freer online news media.

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