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Alerts   |   Thailand

Thai junta expands media controls

Bangkok, July 21, 2014--In a mounting clampdown on press, Internet, and social media freedoms, a new military directive in Thailand has barred any critical reporting or commentary about the ruling National Council for Peace and Order junta. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an immediate reversal of the freedom-curbing edict and all other measures that promote self-censorship and have been imposed since the military seized power in May.

Alerts   |   Philippines

Radio journalist killed in the Philippines

Bangkok, June 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Filipino authorities to determine the motive in the murder on Monday of radio journalist Nilo Baculo Sr. and bring the assailants swiftly to justice.

June 10, 2014 11:07 AM ET

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CPJ in the News

In Thailand, press early casualty of army takeover

After Thailand's military declared a coup, the Associated Press interviewed CPJ's Senior Southeast Asia correspondent Shawn Crispin on the effect of the takeover on press freedom.

May 22, 2014 4:49 PM ET

Alerts   |   Thailand

Media squeezed in Thai military coup

Bangkok, May 22, 2014--Thailand's military-led National Peace and Order Maintaining Council today seized administrative power in a coup and ordered local broadcast media to halt regular programming and local satellite and cable service providers to block international news channels, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the military-imposed censorship and calls for an immediate and unconditional restoration of press freedom in the country.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Thai media censored under martial law

Bangkok, May 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns military censorship of the media, including the forced broadcasting of martial law orders and announcements, in Thailand. 

Alerts   |   Vietnam

Vietnamese blogger arrested on anti-state charges

Bangkok, May 7, 2014--Vietnamese police in Hanoi arrested the founder of a popular blog and his assistant on Monday on accusations of disseminating anti-state articles, according to news reports. In 2007, blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh started the Ba Sam news website and aggregator, which often posted materials critical of the government and its policies, reports said. 

Alerts   |   Thailand

Journalists face criminal defamation charges in Thailand

Bangkok, April 17, 2014--A Thai court today formally charged two journalists for the local Phuketwan news website with criminal defamation, according to news reports. The charges were brought by a Thai navy official. 

Alerts   |   Burma

Amid rising repression, Burmese journalist given jail term

Bangkok, April 7, 2014--A Burmese journalist was sentenced to one year in prison today on charges of "trespassing" and "disturbing an on-duty civil servant" while reporting a news story, according to local reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the verdict to be overturned on appeal. 

Alerts   |   Vietnam

Amid clampdown, another blogger sentenced in Vietnam

Bangkok, March 19, 2014--In a mounting clampdown on Internet freedom in Vietnam, blogger Pham Viet Dao was sentenced to prison today for online posts critical of the Communist Party-led government, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling and calls for his immediate release. 

Blog   |   Burma

Burma clampdown gathers pace as legislation passed

In a clear step backwards for press freedom in Burma, new legislation will give the government censorship powers and the sole authority to issue and revoke news publication licenses. While the legislation enshrines into law broad press freedom guarantees, specific provisions will give the Ministry of Information ultimate power over what news is permissible for publication.

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