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Cyber security bill is threat to Thai press

A restrictive bill that would allow for mass surveillance of online activities is approved by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, pictured. If passed into law it would establish a government-run committee with power to search computers and other devices. It is the latest move by the military dominated government to further suppress the Thai media since taking power in May 2014. It will likely be used as an extension to the country's lèse-majesté law, which can be used to jail journalists.

Thailand: Two journalists in jail
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Thailand aims to hollow out foreign press with new visa restrictions

Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at a press conference in Bangkok in 2015. He says the new media guidelines will curb 'misleading' coverage. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom)

Senior Southeast Asia representative Shawn Crispin this week presented CPJ's concerns about new media visa restrictions for foreign reporters based in Thailand to a group of Bangkok-based ambassadors. The controversial measures, announced last month by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are scheduled to come into force on March 21. The text of Crispin's speech follows:

March 10, 2016 10:43 AM ET

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Thailand tightens visa requirements for foreign reporters

Bangkok, February 19, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about new visa restrictions imposed on foreign reporters in Thailand that if fully implemented could restrict coverage of the country. The new guidelines, outlined in a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press statement released on Thursday, come amid reports that foreign journalists have recently been denied media visas and press card credentials for unclear reasons.

February 19, 2016 11:09 AM ET

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CPJ urges Obama to prioritize press freedom at ASEAN summit

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express our enduring concern about the press freedom situation in Southeast Asia ahead of the summit meeting you will host for regional leaders from February 15 to February 16.

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

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In Thailand, cartoonist detained and warned he could be prosecuted

Bangkok, October 5, 2015--Authorities in Thailand briefly detained Sakda Sae Iao, a prominent editorial cartoonist with the local language Thai Rath newspaper, on Sunday and warned he could be prosecuted for his future work, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harassment and calls on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to end his military government's intimidation campaign against journalists.

Alerts   |   Internet, Thailand

Internet gateway plan threatens online freedoms in Thailand

Bangkok, September 29, 2015--An initiative in Thailand to create a single government-controlled gateway for international Internet traffic represents a clear danger to online freedoms, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today. CPJ calls on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to drop the proposed plan and stop harassing journalists and social media users.

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Prominent Thai reporter held by military government

Pravit Rojanaphruk outside a military base in Bangkok in May 2014. The Thai journalist is being held in military detention. (AFP)

New York, September 14, 2015-- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Pravit Rojanaphruk, a prominent Thai journalist at the English-language daily The Nation, who is being held in military detention at an undisclosed location, according to reports.

September 14, 2015 3:17 PM ET

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CPJ welcomes acquittal of journalists charged with defamation in Thailand

Bangkok, September 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's court decision in Thailand to acquit two journalists of criminal defamation and cybercrime charges. Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison, an Australian national, and Chutima Sidasathian, a Thai citizen, had each faced up to seven years in prison.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Hong Kong journalist faces charges in Thailand

Bangkok, August 23, 2015--A Hong Kong journalist faces up to five years in prison in Thailand for carrying protective body armor without a license, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the legal harassment of Hok Chun Kwan and calls on Thai authorities to drop the allegations immediately.

Letters   |   Thailand

CPJ concerned about trial of journalists on defamation charges in Thailand

Dear Prime Minister Prayuth: The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the trial on Tuesday of two journalists who face up to seven years in prison if convicted on defamation and computer crime charges.

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