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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 bans foreign correspondents club event, citing 'national security'

In this October 2, 2016, file photo, a small bronze plaque commemorating Thailand's 1932 revolution rests in the pavement of the Royal Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand. In early April, the plaque was mysteriously removed by parties unknown and substituted with one praising the Chakri Dynasty, whose 10th king took the throne in December 2016. The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand accepted a police request that it cancel a panel discussion on the removal of the plaque commemorating the end the country's absolute monarchy in 1932. (AP Photo/Apichart Khunnawatbandit)

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

A military officer watches a television screen showing Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun speaking after he accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his late father at the Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, December 1, 2016. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

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.

March 27, 2017 11:36 AM ET

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

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 on the reporter's freedom of movement and calls for an end to the use of criminal defamation complaints against journalists in Thailand.

February 28, 2017 1:48 PM ET

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CPJ concerned about proposed media controls in Thailand

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.

February 3, 2017 11:27 AM ET

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Thai legislation threatens online freedoms

A website displays a message from the Thai Ministry of Digital Economy and Society reading, "This website contains content and information that is deemed inappropriate. It has been censored by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society," November 17, 2016. (AP)

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 would severely restrict Thais' rights to privacy and to freely impart and receive information.

December 16, 2016 1:04 PM ET

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Thai junta threatens BBC over royal news coverage

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting, December 7, 2016. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom)

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.

December 8, 2016 12:35 PM ET

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CPJ calls on Thailand to not censor news during royal transition

A woman takes a selfie with a picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej after the hearse carrying his body goes by. News broadcasts have been replaced with royal footage after the king's death. (AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

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

In this September 30, 2014, file photo, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha waves after a Bangkok handover ceremony for the new chief of the Royal Thai Army. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

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 by a government sub-panel tasked with implementing media reforms.

September 15, 2016 11:44 AM ET

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Thailand pressures two broadcast journalists off the air

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. He has empowered a state media regulator to close news outlets without the right to appeal for reasons of national security. (AP/Sakchai Lalit)

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 harassment of the broadcast media and allow reporters to do their jobs without interference or fear of reprisal.

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Thailand harasses critical website ahead of constitutional vote

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.

July 12, 2016 5:56 PM ET

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