Thai opposition TV channel suspended again

first_img Thailand is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Thai military junta’s continuing harassment of Peace TV, an opposition satellite TV channel that has been suspended yet again, this time for 15 days from midnight last night, and calls on the authorities to rescind this decision. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar February 7, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Thai opposition TV channel suspended again Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out more News The TV channel supports the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), an opposition movement also known as the Red Shirts, which has links to Thaksin Shinawatra, a former prime minister now living in exile. to go further Peace TV executive Thida Thavornseth announced that the NBTC has suspended the TV channel with effect from midnight on 6 February (photo: Peace TV). ThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression The well-known journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk is currently facing a possible 14-year jail sentence on a sedition charge that was brought against him last August in connection with comments posted on Facebook. News Peace TV executive Thida Thavornseth reported yesterday on Facebook that the TV channel had just received the suspension order from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), which regulates Thailand’s broadcast media.center_img “We strongly condemn this flagrant violation of media freedom, which calls into question any claim to pluralism in Thailand,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is unacceptable for the military junta to keep censoring the media if it wants to stick to its declared aim of holding elections in November. Allowing journalists to do their work would be the best way to ensure the swiftest possible transition to democracy.” August 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News The military have had Peace TV in their sights ever since seizing power in a coup in May 2014. Previously called UDD Channel, it had to change its name in order to resume operating and, since then, the NBTC has suspended its licence four times. The grounds for the latest suspension was a “Direction of Thai Democracy” broadcast in October that included interviews with the supporters of an imprisoned UDD leader. Under the dictatorial Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the military junta has constantly restricted media freedom and suppressed all criticism of the government ever since the 2014 coup. Journalists and bloggers who do not censor themselves risk prosecution and long jail sentences on defamation or sedition charges. ThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Organisation RSF_en May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand Newslast_img read more