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May 20, 2009

Thailand for prior restraint on community radio programmes and satellite/ cable TV

The Thai government has announced its plan to regulate the programme content of radio stations and cable and satellite TV stations in the country, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has reported quoting media reports. The Bangkok Post quoted on May 14 Prime Minister's Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey as saying the government will ban any programme, whether broadcast over community radios or aired over cable and satellite TVs, that is politically "incendiary" and "offensive", whether... MORE
April 30, 2009

Media caught in the middle of Thai conflict

The media have become part and parcel of Thailand's intensifying political conflict: Two privately held satellite television news stations are openly aligned with competing political street movements, and state-controlled outlets are under opposition fire for allegedly misrepresenting recent crucial news events, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As the conflict escalates and the government reverts to crude censorship and veiled threats, all kinds of journalists here are... MORE
April 17, 2009

Thai media owner shot; emergency still in effect

Amid Thailand's continuing political chaos, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly condemned the assassination attempt against media owner, television commentator, and political activist Sondhi Limthongkul on Friday and called on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government to ensure a quick investigation. According to local and international news reports, at around 5:30 a.m. armed assailants in a blue pick-up truck without license plates blocked Sondhi's vehicle and shot out... MORE
April 14, 2009

Thai government issues censorship decree

As part of its declaration of a state of emergency on Sunday, the Thai government issued a decree that empowered officials to censor news considered a threat to national security, according to international and local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the government to immediately rescind this order of censorship. On Monday, the government ordered the blocking of satellite news broadcaster D Station, which is widely recognized as affiliated with the anti-... MORE
March 9, 2009

Thailand PM rejects calls for reform of lèse-majesté law but says it should not be abused

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has turned down an international call for the reform of lèse-majesté law but hinted some amendment to the enforcement of the law could be considered to allow for expression of academic opinions, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has reported. Speaking at the 54th anniversary of the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) on March 5, Abhisit said there was a need to maintain this law in order to protect the reputation of the kingdom's revered monarchy... MORE
March 5, 2009

Swiss TV reporter Christoph Müller arrested, later released but not allowed to leave Thailand

Christoph Müller, a leading Swiss TV reporter and producer, was handcuffed and arrested on arrival in Thailand on February 27, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. He was freed on bail 24 hours later but the police confiscated his passport and he is not allowed to leave the country until further notice. His employer, the German-language Swiss TV station SF, has described the measures as a "judicial farce" and out of all proportion to his apparent offence. The authorities have not told... MORE
March 4, 2009

Leading Swiss TV reporter arrested in Thailand, then forbidden to leave country

Christoph Müller, a leading Swiss TV reporter and producer, was handcuffed and arrested on arrival in Thailand on February 27, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. He was freed on bail 24 hours later but the police confiscated his passport and he is forbidden to leave the country until further notice. His employer, the German-language Swiss TV station SF, has described the measures as a “judicial farce” and out of all proportion to his apparent offence. The authorities have not told... MORE
February 26, 2009

Calls for change in lese majeste law after Thai monarch pardons Australian writer

Australian writer Harry Nicolaides has flown back home from Thailand after being granted a royal pardon on February 19. Press freedom groups have called upon authorities to reform the draconian lese majeste laws under which he was sentenced. On his arrival at Melbourne airport on February 21, a moved Nicolaides thanked his fellow Australians for their support during the more than five months in spent in a Bangkok prison. He was told he was being released just a few hours before being put on a... MORE
January 9, 2009

Thailand blocks thousands of websites that 'insult' monarchy, plans to block hundreds more

Thai authorities have blocked 2,300 websites for allegedly insulting the country's monarchy, with 400 more awaiting a court order to restrict them, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has reported. The Economic Times Online quoted Information and Communication (ICT) Minister Ranongruk Suwanchawee as saying on January 6 that "The blocking of websites that disseminate content and pictures which insult the monarchy is one of the government's crucial policies." "We have blocked more than 2,... MORE
January 5, 2009

BBC reporter in Thailand charged with insulting the king

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the ongoing legal harassment of BBC correspondent in Thailand, Jonathan Head. Police Lt Col Wattanasak Mungkandee filed a third criminal complaint this year against Head on December 23, alleging he had insulted the Thai monarchy in his reporting. The latest charges are related to a December 3 article in which Head speculated that the royal palace and figures close to the palace may have provided tacit backing to anti-government protest... MORE

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