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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. 
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.

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