Philippine journalists demand for repeal of libel law following multiple lawsuits from president’s husband

September 29, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgThe National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is petitioning Congress to repeal the law on libel, calling it “an outdated law that has been used not so much to protect the innocent as to shield the guilty.” Read the rest of this entry »


Singapore bans circulation of FEER

September 29, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgThe Singapore Government has revoked the sale and distribution approval for the “Far Eastern Economic Review” (FEER) after the monthly magazine failed to comply with two requirements under the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, reports the local “Channel News Asia” on its website. Read the rest of this entry »


Indonesia’s defamation law challenged

September 29, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgAn Indonesia political activist who was arrested for defaming President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is asking the country’s Constitutional Court to review the article on defamation in the Criminal Code. Read the rest of this entry »


Thai media want clear free expression guarantee in interim charter

September 28, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgThe Thai media will call on the Council for Democratic Reform (previously called Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy) to guarrantee free expression and and press freedom under Thailand’s interim Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »


Thai journalists and Press Council demand media protection in interim Constitution

September 27, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgA group of Thai media organisations has issued an open letter to the military rulers demanding protection for the media in the interim Constitution that will take effect on 3 October 2006. Read the rest of this entry »


AJI: Stop military intervention against press freedom in Thailand

September 27, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgThe development after a military coup on 19 September 2006 in Thailand is apparently getting worse. A series of policies issued by the military administration, which calls itself the Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM), has clearly threatened civilian freedoms and fundamental rights in a democratic community. The military junta has arbitrarily revoked the basic rights enjoyed by the Thai people prior to the coup, banning differences in opinions, arresting protesters, closing down hundreds of community radio staions and limiting radio relays. Read the rest of this entry »


Bloggers give alternative source of information in military-ruled Thailand

September 26, 2006

With the traditional print and broadcast media largely under control of the ruling military, bloggers in Thailand have been quick to respond to the need for the Internet to fill in information gaps about the coup by providing alternative reports and personal opinions. The INQ.net reports of a blog by Rebecca McKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices, on such efforts.