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Thailand bans foreign correspondents club event, citing 'national security'

May 3, 2017 10:56 AM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2017--Thailand's ruling military junta banned a panel discussion event scheduled for today by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, marking the latest act of harassment against the club under military rule....

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TV news channel suspended in Thailand

March 27, 2017 11:36 AM ET

Bangkok, March 27, 2017--Thai media regulators should immediately reverse their suspension of the operating license of Voice TV and should allow the media to broadcast and publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Media regulators today suspended the channel's operating license for seven days....

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Defamation suit in Thailand restricts BBC reporter's freedom of movement

February 28, 2017 1:48 PM ET

Bangkok, February 28, 2017--A court in Thailand has seized the passport of BBC reporter Jonathan Head in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Thai lawyer over a news report on alleged fraud committed on the tourist island of Phuket. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the restrictions...

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CPJ concerned about proposed media controls in Thailand

February 3, 2017 11:27 AM ET

CPJ urges Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to reject new legislation increasing government control over the media, and to repeal previous decrees expanding state control of the media.

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Thai legislation threatens online freedoms

December 16, 2016 1:04 PM ET

Bangkok, December 16, 2016--Thailand's cabinet and king should scrap legislation that would give authorities sweeping new powers to censor the internet based on vague and broad criteria, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military-appointed National Legislative Assembly today passed amendments to the 2007 Computer Crime Act that...

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Thai junta threatens BBC over royal news coverage

December 8, 2016 12:35 PM ET

Washington, December 8, 2016--Thailand's military government should stop harassing and threatening the BBC with criminal prosecution under laws that bar criticism of the Thai royal family, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Thailand to not censor news during royal transition

October 14, 2016 10:10 AM ET

New York, October 14, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thailand's military government to lift a blanket censorship order on television news broadcasters imposed in the wake of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death yesterday....

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Draft regulatory bill threatens media freedom in Thailand

September 15, 2016 11:44 AM ET

Bangkok, September 15, 2016 - Thailand's military-appointed National Reform Steering Assembly should scrap proposed legislation that would create a new national media regulator, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The draft bill, the latest in a raft of military-imposed measures that restrict press freedom, is now being considered...

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Thailand pressures two broadcast journalists off the air

August 18, 2016 12:11 PM ET

Bangkok, August 18, 2016--Two television reporters in Thailand have been suspended for a 10-day period under pressure from military authorities and state media regulators over their critical news coverage, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Thailand's ruling military regime to cease its systematic...

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Thailand harasses critical website ahead of constitutional vote

July 12, 2016 5:56 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2016 - Thai authorities should cease harassing independent news website Prachatai and drop all charges against one of its journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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