Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Thailand has been ranked 136th in Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, four places above its 2018 ranking, but is still classified as being in a “difficult situation.”
Berlin, 7 March 2018 – Ahead of World Day Against Cyber Censorship on March 12th, creative agency DDB Germany and digital production company MediaMonks have created The Uncensored Playlist for Reporters Without Borders Germany (Reporter ohne Grenzen), which uses music as a loophole to share censored news stories in countries where freedom of speech is under attack. Focusing on the cen
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Thai authorities to abandon any plan to prosecute Pravit Rojanaphruk, a well-known journalist and free speech advocate who is to be questioned by police tomorrow about a complaint accusing him of sedition in five Facebook posts. A leading critic of Thailand’s military junta and its lèse-majesté law, Pravit could face a possible 20-year jail sentence if prosecuted on a sedition charge under article 116 of the criminal code as a result of the complaint brought against him by a police lieutenant-colonel.
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.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Thai government ban, imposed yesterday, on any online contact or interaction with three prominent critics of the regime – a foreign journalist and two academics – and urges all Facebook users beyond the government’s reach to share content from the Facebook accounts of these three critics. The ban’s three targets are Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a well-known Scottish journalist who used to be based in Bangkok, and Thai academics Somsak Jeamteerasakul and Pavin Chachavalpongpun.
Condemning the decision by a Thai court to put a young pro-democracy activist on trial for sharing a BBC profile of the new king on Facebook, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to stop using the lèse-majesté law both to jail critics and to deter the media from covering the monarchy.