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By Thaweeporn Kummetha |
<div><em>After being forced to shut down since the 2014 coup, along with many other community radio stations in the area, Media Selatan, a local Malay radio station in the Deep South, is coming back on air early this year. The director of Media Selatan states that shutting down local media is tantamount to closing channels for citizens to express their opinions about the ongoing peace process.&nbsp;</em></div> <p></p>
<p>June 16, 2014, Kathmandu. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC, has expressed concern over reports of the recent closure of media outlets in Thailand and especially at the restrictions imposed on community radios. Media reports indicate that a large number of broadcasters, including community radios, were suspended after the military takeover.</p>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>Nine anti-coup protesters were reportedly arrested on Sunday in northern Chiang Rai and in Chiang Mai province on Sunday (1 from Chiang Mai and 8 from Chiang Rai) while seven anti-coup protesters were arrested in Chiang Mai on Saturday alone.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>About 30-50 protesters gathered at various spots in Chiang Mai on Sunday to show their opposition to the coup amid tight security by the military, while in Chiang Rai, protesters defied the military junta twice at McDonald’s.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In Chiang Mai, the military has used b </div></div>
By David Streckfuss, independent scholar |
<div>There have not been many Thai Sumpreme Court lese majesty cases that have been made public—the last one was Veera Musikapong’s 1988 case—and so it is always exciting when the veil is pulled back a little further on the mysteries of the high court’s jurisprudence. The Supreme Court case made available just a few days ago does much to excite and even more to alarm. The implications of this case are tremendous, and may well mark the low point of the regime of lese majesty in Thailand. At first glance, this case seems like a very bad one that can have devastating, real-life consequences. But reading it more deeply and the case becomes much worse than it first appears.</div> <div> </div>
By Reporters Without Borders |
<p>Reporters Without Borders condemns the closure of a dozen community radio stations linked to the opposition &ldquo;Red Shirts&rdquo; in a major police operation yesterday in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces. An exact list of the radio stations raided by the police is not yet available.</p>
<p>On 26 April, 13 red-shirt community radio stations in Bangkok and surrounding areas were raided and searched by the authorities.</p>
<p>The Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation says it will deal with unregistered community radio stations, some of which are divisive and offensive.</p>
<p>July 22, 2010. Kathmandu. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC is deeply concerned by the reports about the restrictions imposed on community radio stations in Thailand including the closure of several stations. Recent reports state that using the emergency decree, authorities have shut down 26 community-radio stations in nine provinces and pressured six others to discontinue their services, and as many as 84 community-radio stations have been blacklisted and their activities closely monitored.</p>
By Yojana Sharma, University World News |
<p>Thai academics are well-known voices on television and radio as analysts and commentators providing lively debate on politics. But broadcasting freely is no longer a simple and safe matter since the government crackdown against Red Shirt protesters in May.</p> <p>Many radio stations where academics have spoken in support of anti-government Red Shirt demonstrators have been shut down and academics warned by their own universities against openly broadcasting their opinions.</p>
By Pravit Rojanaphruk, The Nation |
<p>A new red-shirt radio station went on air yesterday in the Rajprasong intersection protest-site area, in a move to counter the continued shutting down of red-shirt media by the government under emergency rule.</p> <p>&quot;They should allow us to criticise [the government], but instead they shut our ears and eyes,&quot; Chinawat Haboonpak, a red-shirt leader told the crowd at the intersection yesterday morning. &quot;We ask for just one television channel, but they have taken it away from us and shut our ears and eyes again.&quot;</p>
<p>A confidential letter has been sent to a Prime Minister&rsquo;s Office Minister, blacklisting websites, community radio stations and cable TV stations.&nbsp;The source of the letter has not been reported.</p>