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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In Thailand, cartoonist detained and warned he could be prosecuted

Bangkok, October 5, 2015--Authorities in Thailand briefly detained Sakda Sae Iao, a prominent editorial cartoonist with the local language Thai Rath newspaper, on Sunday and warned he could be prosecuted for his future work, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harassment and calls on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to end his military government's intimidation campaign against journalists.

Alerts   |   Internet, Thailand

Internet gateway plan threatens online freedoms in Thailand

Bangkok, September 29, 2015--An initiative in Thailand to create a single government-controlled gateway for international Internet traffic represents a clear danger to online freedoms, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today. CPJ calls on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to drop the proposed plan and stop harassing journalists and social media users.

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Prominent Thai reporter held by military government

Pravit Rojanaphruk outside a military base in Bangkok in May 2014. The Thai journalist is being held in military detention. (AFP)

New York, September 14, 2015-- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Pravit Rojanaphruk, a prominent Thai journalist at the English-language daily The Nation, who is being held in military detention at an undisclosed location, according to reports.

September 14, 2015 3:17 PM ET


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CPJ welcomes acquittal of journalists charged with defamation in Thailand

Bangkok, September 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's court decision in Thailand to acquit two journalists of criminal defamation and cybercrime charges. Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison, an Australian national, and Chutima Sidasathian, a Thai citizen, had each faced up to seven years in prison.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Hong Kong journalist faces charges in Thailand

Bangkok, August 23, 2015--A Hong Kong journalist faces up to five years in prison in Thailand for carrying protective body armor without a license, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the legal harassment of Hok Chun Kwan and calls on Thai authorities to drop the allegations immediately.

Letters   |   Thailand

CPJ concerned about trial of journalists on defamation charges in Thailand

Dear Prime Minister Prayuth: The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the trial on Tuesday of two journalists who face up to seven years in prison if convicted on defamation and computer crime charges.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Thai junta bans FCCT event on lese majeste law

New York, June 16, 2015--Thailand's ruling military junta has banned an event on Wednesday by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand to discuss the country's draconian lѐse majesté law, news reports said. This is the second ban this month of an FCCT event that was scheduled to discuss the country's declining human rights situation.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Authorities shut TV news station in Thailand

Bangkok, April 29, 2015--Thai authorities on Monday revoked the operating license of Peace TV, a news station aligned with the elected government ousted in last year's military coup, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the move and calls for Thai authorities to stop harassing and censoring the media.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Cyber security bill threatens media freedom in Thailand

Bangkok, January 20, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thailand's military-appointed legislature to scrap proposed legislation that would allow for mass surveillance of online activities and platforms. The Cyber Security Bill was approved this month by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's Cabinet and is pending in the National Legislative Assembly.

January 20, 2015 11:58 AM ET


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