Thailand

Media censored, activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Ahead of the 24 March elections there have been continued reports of media outlets and journalists being censored, activists being silenced and criminalised and opposition politicians being targeted . Further, restrictive laws and decrees issued by the military junta have yet to be lifted. Read more

Media censored,  activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

As Thailand inches closer to holding long-delayed elections, peaceful protesters , government critics and opposition politicians continue to face investigations and charges Read more

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

The military junta continues to use sedition and other laws restricting expression and assembly against its critics. The courts have thrown out cases of criminal defamation filed by businesses. In the Deep South activists continue to be detained under martial law. Read more

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

Thai junta continues repression nearly four years after coup

Activists and other government critics continue to endure a clampdown on their freedom of expression. The governor of Chiang Mai province has sued a local magazine for posting a "blasphemous" painting. The national broadcasting commission have suspended Peace TV. A labour-rights activist who helped expose abuse in multiple food industries in Thailand has been ordered to pay damages. Read more

Thai junta continues repression nearly four years after coup


Lèse-majesté laws used to silence dissidents

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, unwarranted restrictions on freedom of expression can be used to silence dissidents in Thailand. In a recent example, Sulak Sivaraksa, an outspoken critic of Thai authorities was indicted on the 10th October 2017. Read more

Lèse-majesté laws used to silence dissidents

Intimidation, prosecution and detention: closing spaces for dissent in Thailand

The prosecution academics after conference in Chiang Mai has prompted an outcry from domestic and international civil society groups. In July, organiser Dr Chayan Vaddhanaphuti along with Pakawadee Veerapatpong, Chaipong Samnieng, Nontawat Machai, and Thiramon Bua-ngam were summoned by authorities after the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies held from 15th to 18th July 2017. Read more

Intimidation, prosecution and detention: closing spaces for dissent in Thailand

Serious concerns over threats against minority rights activists and WHRDs in Thailand

Due to restrictive defamation laws, activists who dare to criticise Thai authorities face severe can consequences for dissenting. Read more

Serious concerns over threats against minority rights activists and WHRDs in Thailand

Regional and national civil society condemn Thai government's new media law

Freedom of expression in Thailand is worsening due to restrictive legislation passed in early May.
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Regional and national civil society condemn Thai government's new media law

Expression

The military government has carried out a meticulous campaign to curtail freedom of expression since taking power in 2014. As a result, the authorities now exert complete control over journalists, the internet and media outlets. Read more