On 15 Sept, Somyos Phreuksakasemsuk lodged a complaint with Amara Pongsapit, Chair of the National Human Rights Commission, and Parinya Sirisarakarn, a Human Rights Commissioner, asking the agency to look into the government order for the police to search Golden Power Co, which was hired to print the Red Power magazine, and to halt the printing of the magazine on its 11 printing presses. The Provincial Industry Authority pressed charges against the company for violating the factory law, and police also searched K K Publishing Co, distributor of the magazine, and ordered it to stop distribution on 9 Sept.
Somyos claimed that this government action caused damages of over 10 million baht to both companies.
He asked the Commission to look into the case urgently to allow the companies to continue their business, to stop the government’s political bullying and media intimidation, and to protect democratic rights and freedoms.
Amara said that the Commission accepted the case and would pursue it according to procedures by gathering facts and information from relevant parties.