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By Yiamyut Sutthichaya |
<p>Sorcery and religious rites that are deeply imbedded in Thai society have been in the spotlight as mainstream media outlets have joined hands with vigilantes to expose monastic malpractice and cults. Calls for professionalism that have long been overshadowed by competition for audiences have been sounded again.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Cofact, a local fact-checking organization, published its first annual report in an effort to promote awareness of how misinformation circulates in Thailand.&nbsp; Recent examples include claims that cancer and the Covid-19 virus can be cured by drinking lemonade and soda water.</p>
By Tara Abhasakun |
<p>On Friday (8 November), the Asia Centre hosted a launch panel for its new award for journalists reporting on inequality and injustice.</p>
By Jiranan Hanthamrongwit |
<p dir="ltr">It’s been more than 24 years since the media reform began in Thailand, but the state still refuses to give up its ownership of public frequencies. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commissioners, over half of whom are military and police officers, has allowed state agencies to continue to own frequencies, and ignored the recommendations from an internal committee. To make matters worse, the NCPO recently made an order allowing state agencies to retain frequencies for further five years. Currently, the military still owns over 100 frequencies.</p>
By Prachatai |
<div>Senior journalists have denounced the junta&rsquo;s controversial Media Bill, arguing the junta wishes to entrench itself in power rather than promote truth and responsible media.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On 22 February 2017, a panel of senior journalists and media officials at the Foreign Correspondents&rsquo; Club of Thailand warned that severe new media regulations proposed by the junta represent the military&rsquo;s ambitions to maintain an influence in Thai politics even after the country transitions to a democratic system.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Thepchai Yong, the President of the Thai Broadcas</div>
<div> <div>A TV station run by a prominent red shirt leader might be shut down for breaching a junta announcement. A commissioner of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) claims that the authorities failed to shut down the station under normal laws so used the alternative of the junta announcement. </div></div>
<p>After being summoned by the Thai broadcasting authorities, Thai PBS, a public media company supported by the state, clarified that it was only doing its duty in broadcasting a TV programme about the 14 embattled anti-junta activists.</p>
<div> <div>The Appeal Court dismissed charges against 10 high-profile civil society workers, including Jon Ungpakorn, a former Senator and the founder of Prachatai, and Supinya Klangnarong, currently National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commissioner (NBTC), accused of instigating chaos and trespassing on the parliament compound in a 2007 protest against the military government led by Surayud Chulanont.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 12 December 2007, the ten allegedly trespassed onto the grounds of parliament during a rally against the 2007 National Legislative Assembly (NLA), appointed b </div></div>