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Thailand issues emergency decree, nationwide restrictions on press

Bangkok, October 15, 2020 — The Thai government should immediately drop its emergency decree restricting the ability of the press to cover protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At 4 a.m. today, the Thai government issued a decree limiting public assembly and instituting a nationwide ban on publishing and broadcasting news that could…

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Police officers are seen in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 26, 2020. The Thai government has imposed a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and has restricted the press. (AP/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand declares state of emergency, imposes press restrictions

Bangkok, March 26, 2020 — Thailand should uphold press freedom and refrain from harassing and restricting reporters while emergency rule is imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A police officer is seen in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 2, 2019. A Thai court recently sentenced journalist Suchanee Cloitre to two years in jail for criminal defamation. (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun)

Thai court sentences journalist Suchanee Cloitre to 2 years in jail for defamation

Bangkok, January 3, 2020 — Thai authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Suchanee Cloitre, and should stop charging reporters with criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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CPJ calls on Thai prime minister to restore press freedom

CPJ wrote to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, urging him to restore freedom the press in Thailand.

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Voice TV station staff work in the newsroom in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 13, 2019. The TV station saw its broadcast license suspended by regulators in the run-up to the country's elections in March. (Sakchai Lalit/AP)

CPJ condemns 15-day ban on Thai TV news station

Bangkok, February 13, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the decision by a Thai media regulator to suspend the broadcasting license of Voice TV for 15 days and called on the country’s military government to allow all media to report freely on the nation’s politics.

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Blogger Truong Duy Nhat stands trial in Vietnam on March 4, 2014. He recently disappeared from Thailand and has resurfaced in a Vietnamese prison. (Vietnam News Agency via AFP)

CPJ calls on Thailand to account for missing Vietnamese blogger

Bangkok, February 6, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat, publicly report on that investigation’s findings, and take all measures to ensure that the journalist has not been illegally abducted or detained.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attends celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the country's independence from France, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 9, 2018. A Cambodian news fixer was deported from Thailand to Cambodia on a 'false news' accusation on December 12. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

News fixer deported from Thailand to Cambodia on ‘false news’ accusation

Bangkok, December 13, 2018–A Cambodian news fixer who helped to produce a documentary on sex trafficking for Russian government-funded international news network Russia Today, or RT, was deported yesterday from Thailand to Cambodia on accusations of abetting the production of false news, according to news reports.

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A Thai policeman stands inside the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand on September 10, 2018, during a forum to discuss alleged human rights abuses by the military junta in Myanmar. The discussion was shut down by the Thai authorities. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

Thai authorities shut down foreign press club event on Myanmar

Bangkok, September 11, 2018–Thai authorities on Monday shut down a panel discussion at Bangkok’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, marking the sixth such event the country’s ruling military junta has canceled since seizing power in a May 2014 coup.

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Thai editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, pictured with supporters after his release from jail after serving seven years. (Reuters/Aukkarapon Niyomat)

Thai magazine editor freed after seven years in prison

News editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was released from Bangkok Remand Prison in the Thai capital on April 30, 2018 after serving a sentence for lèse majesté, according to news reports. Reports said that Somyot was greeted by a small group of family and supporters and appeared to be in good spirits.

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Thai columnist Pravit Rojanaphruk raises his hands, stained by ink from being fingerprinted, at the Royal Thai Police's Technology Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok, August 8, 2017. (Pravit Rojanaphruk)

Thai columnist Pravit Rojanaphruk charged with two cases of sedition

Washington, D.C., August 8, 2017–Thai authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Pravit Rojanaphruk, a columnist at the news website Khaosod English, and allow the journalist to work freely and without further harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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