Thailand / 2009

Thai media owner, editor handed prison sentences

September 14, 2009 10:17 AM ET

New York, September 14, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Thai criminal court decision on Thursday to sentence media owner, television commentator, and political activist Sondhi Limthongkul to two years in prison in connection with criminal libel charges filed by a former government minister. ...

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Thai distributors block The Economist over article

July 16, 2009 3:03 PM ET

New York, July 16, 2009--Distributors blocked the July 4-10 edition of The Economist from entering Thailand for an article that covered the mounting threat of lese majeste complaints to the country's Internet freedom and freedom of expression, according to a local distributor and international news reports. ...

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Thai press club's board charged with lese majeste

July 2, 2009 3:45 PM ET

New York, July 2, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists rejects the politically motivated lese majeste charges filed on Tuesday by a private citizen against board members of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT). Violations of lese majeste laws are a criminal offense in Thailand, punishable by three to 15...

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Thai media owner shot; emergency still in effect

April 17, 2009 3:12 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2009--Amid Thailand's continuing political chaos, the Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the assassination attempt against media owner, television commentator, and political activist Sondhi Limthongkul today and calls on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government to ensure a quick investigation....

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Thai government issues censorship decree

April 14, 2009 2:30 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2009--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 calls on the government...

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CPJ calls for journalist security amid Thai protests

April 10, 2009 11:35 AM ET

New York, April 10, 2009--Both sides in Thailand's escalating political conflict should refrain from targeting the press and should guarantee the security of journalists covering the street protests that have paralyzed traffic in the capital, Bangkok, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Assault intensifies against Thai online news media

March 6, 2009 4:41 PM ET

Bangkok, March 6, 2009--On the same day that Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told a meeting of news editors of his intention to restore Thailand's press freedom reputation, police officials raided the offices and arrested the executive director of a popular online news site, Prachatai....

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Thai monarch pardons jailed Australian writer

February 24, 2009 3:10 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from a Thai detention facility of Australian writer Harry Nicolaides but calls upon authorities to reform the draconian lese majeste laws under which he was sentenced....

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Media Freedom Stalls as China Sets the Course

February 10, 2009 12:57 AM ET

China's media-control model s being embraced in Southeast Asian nations as diverse as communist-led Vietnam, military-run Burma, ostensibly democratic Thailand, and predominantly Muslim Malaysia. By Bob Dietz and Shawn W. Crispin...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Thailand

February 10, 2009 12:10 AM ET

A coalition government led by the People Power Party crumbled in December in the face of intense months-long street protests. As demonstrations reached a crescendo in late November, violence spread across the capital, Bangkok, and protesters laid siege to domestic and international airports. Media outlets were targeted by both pro-...

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Writer goes into exile over Thai lese majeste charges

February 9, 2009 3:22 PM ET

New York, February 9, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the increasing use of draconian lese majeste charges to harass journalists and commentators and stifle free expression in Thailand; at least one writer has gone into exile because of the charges....

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Government intensifies media, Internet crackdown

January 30, 2009 2:07 PM ET

New York, January 30, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about mounting government threats to media and Internet freedom in Thailand, including legal action against community radio stations and censoring thousands of Web sites....

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CPJ worried about deteriorating Thai media climate

January 27, 2009 10:26 AM ET

CPJ wrote to the prime minister of Thailand today to express our grave concern about the country's fast-deteriorating media climate and to call on him to decisively reaffirm Thailand's commitment to a free press and open Internet.

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