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General Prayuth: Advocating transparency, but not media freedom

Thailand's Generals Tighten Controls on Media Critics

Saturday, July 19, 2014
PHUKET: The National Council for Peace and Order tightened restrictions on the media in Thailand last night in a new order that was carried on national television immediately after General Prayuth Chan-ocha delivered his weekly ''Return Happiness to the People'' broadcast.

Order 97/2557 forbids all media operating in Thailand from interviewing and publishing the views of academics, former government office-bearers, retired judges or other people, including representatives from Non-Government Organisations, that may be construed as being critical of the NCPO or its representatives.

Comments about other people that may be construed as defamatory are also banned. All news outlets are asked to publish announcements as supplied by the National Council for Peace and Order.

Governor Prayuth took control of a deeply divided Thailand on May 22 to prevent possible violence and has said that the Army will remain in charge until the middle of 2015.

Phuketwan advises its readers in Thailand and around the world that the new order will apply to comments made on articles.

Declaration of Interest: Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian face a continuing trial in March over criminal defamation and Computer Crimes Act charges brought by the Royal Thai Navy, citing a 41-word paragraph from a Pulitzer prize-winning Reuters report on the Rohingya boatpeople. The charges predate the military takeover.

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(glad to be getting out, 79 days and counting ..)

Posted by The War Whores on July 19, 2014 10:26

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I guess that an end to your articles on your case then.

Posted by ciaran on July 19, 2014 11:22

Editor Comment:

We aim to continue to maintain our innocence, as is our right in a democracy. The action should never have been brought, as the UN human rights organisation and many other rights bodies pointed out long before the NCPO took charge. International interest will probably increase now.

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OMG.

Time to leave.

Posted by ThaiMike on July 19, 2014 11:54

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I'm out of here, Vietnam sounds nice, or perhaps Philippines or Cambodia

Posted by Andrew wattson on July 19, 2014 17:31

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@the War Whores, @ThaiMike, @Andrew Watson, goodbye, good riddance.

Posted by Larry Prendergast on July 19, 2014 21:25

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Yep you needed to XXXXXX my comment to conform to the new rules, how on earth can anyone defend this ?

Posted by The War Whores on July 19, 2014 21:28

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bangkokpost.com - Coup spokesman Winthai Suwaree said the National Council for Peace and Order added no new measures in an attempt to seek ''cooperation'' from the media in the announcement issued on Friday night. The latest announcement combined the directives outlined in its No. 14 and 18 announcements to make it more concise and cover individuals, Col Winthai added.

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@Andrew wattson

Vietnam sounds nice, or perhaps Philippines or Cambodia

===
OOO Brain Giant step into the room equipped with a bulk of excellent knowledge on the situation there!

Pls try to comment on Khmer forums about Hun Sen or on Vietnamese ones about Communist party and its officials..

Would be keen to know your opinion on erhh.. a bit dishonest vendors traders service providers in Phillipines and Vitenam...

Posted by Sue on July 19, 2014 22:55

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In order for the NCPO to succeed it requires 100% cooperation and it can therefore not accept any noise on the line . Hopefully it will be successful in changing some of the bad things in society permanently before power is given back to the politicians in 2015, and if they succeed in that then less press freedom and freedom of speech in that period works fine with me.

Posted by Sailor on July 20, 2014 01:00

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Larry Prendergast, a rather childish comment, best you only play in the sandpit with other kids, this type of site is obviously beyond your maturity level.

Posted by Laurie Howells on July 20, 2014 08:04

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@ Laurie Howells..your comment only adds to it..pot-kettle-black.

Have you not noticed the constant, inane, childish bickering postings from manowar, sue, nightmare and a couple of others.These and some of the responses from the mods/eds are a constant display of this sites low maturity levels as it is.Thank you.

Posted by DwayneD on July 20, 2014 09:24

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Laurie only reads his own posts, DwayneD.

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Dwayne D, My comments on censorship are made in concern, it is not childish to lament freedom of expression. If PW has chosen to censor my last comments to include only bits, in line with the orders from NCPO it's hardly my fault if they appear incomplete.
As for SEA seems the entire region can now be discounted for expats who wish to live where there is freedom of the press.
78 days and counting.

Posted by The Night Mare on July 20, 2014 14:31

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I took Dwayne D to be talking in more general terms, TNM. In any case, I think we should cease carrying your comments from here on unless you have something positive to say, in tune with the the reforms now taking place. You may continue your countdown in private if all you have are criticisms.


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