Related documents Open letter in ThaiPDF – 51.86 KB News May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News November 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra In an open letter, Reporters Without Borders asked the Prime Minister to take measures in order to improve press freedom in Thailand. The organisation urged Thaksin Shinawatra not to lose this chance to keep his country at the forefront of the struggle for democracy in a region where press freedom already has enough problems. News August 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra_ Government House_ Bangkok_ Kingdom of ThailandParis, 7 November 2005Dear Prime Minister,When journalists recently asked you about the decline in press freedom in Thailand revealed by the Reporters Without Borders 2005 World Press Freedom Index, you said that in your view “Thai journalists have the maximum amount of freedom to do their work.” You added that you were ready to take Reporters Without Borders on a tour of newspaper offices so we could verify that journalists enjoy real freedom.We thank you for this invitation which would doubtlessly allow us to appreciate your close relations with certain newspapers. But we prefer to question reporters, editors and press freedom activists ourselves. We would of course be very honoured to meet you in order to present to you directly our comments and proposals for guaranteeing press freedom in Thailand.We believe there is an urgent need for your government to take a number of measures that would enable Thailand to get a better ranking in the 2006 index:1. Withdraw all the criminal and civil defamation actions brought against journalists and press freedom activists by your lawyers or by members of your government or family, or by Shin Corp, a company controlled by your associates. It is inconceivable in a democracy that the most senior officials and their associates file lawsuits against journalists in such an abusive manner.2. Abolish prison sentences for press offences by amending the criminal code. Countries such as Sri Lanka and Ghana have recently decriminalised defamation without any decline in the quality of the press being noted.3. Ensure that impartial and exhaustive investigations are conducted into the murders of Santi Lammaneenil, the editor of the local Pattaya Post daily newspaper and a correspondent for Channel 7 television and the national dailies Khao Sod and Khom Chad Luek, and Pongkiat Saetang, the editor of the local Had Yai Post fortnightly newspaper. The instigators and perpetrators of the attempted murder of Manop Rattanacharungporn of the daily Matichon must also be punished as a matter of urgency.4. Withdraw all the complaints brought by the authorities against the managers of community and commercial radio stations. Allow these stations to continue broadcasting while a definitive solution is found to the issue of frequency allocation.5. Put an end to political and economic pressure on news media owners aimed at getting journalists fired or getting radio or TV programmes withdrawn, as was the case with Channel 9’s talk show.6. Ensure that state advertising in the news media is allocated in a really fair and transparent manner.The Reporters Without Borders index which you publicly questioned measures the state of press freedom throughout the world. It reflects the level of freedom enjoyed by journalists and news media in each country and the efforts undertaken by governments to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.We are of course aware that your government and your associates do not have a monopoly of harassment or violence against the press. The index does not reflect just government abuses but also abuses by armed militia, clandestine organisations and pressure groups. In Thailand, criminal networks, corrupt local politicians and armed groups are also partly to blame for this deterioration in the situation of journalists.We stand by our position that this world press freedom ranking, in which Thailand fell from 59th place in 2004 to 107th place in 2005, is based on hard facts and not on subjective interpretation.We would also like to inform you that, for the first time in 15 years, Reporters Without Borders has decided to carry out field investigations into the state of press freedom in Thailand and recent violations of freedom of expression there with a view to publishing a report. We will send you a copy so that you can have a better understanding of our evaluation of the situation.Prime Minister, there are simple measures that can be taken to improve press freedom in Thailand and it is your duty to halt this sharp decline. Do not lose this chance to keep your country at the forefront of the struggle for democracy in a region where press freedom already has enough problems.Sincerely,_ _ Robert Ménard_ Secretary-General News ThailandAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom ThailandAsia – Pacific June 12, 2020 Find out more
More prison sentences for Le Matin journalists, while court refuses to release publisher on health grounds
RSF_en News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation April 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More prison sentences for Le Matin journalists, while court refuses to release publisher on health grounds Mohammed BenchicouReporters Without Borders roundly condemned the sentences of two and three months in prison which an Algiers court imposed on five journalists with the independently daily Le Matin in libel cases yesterday, as well as a court refusal today to free one of them who was already in prison, publisher Mohamed Benchicou, on health grounds.”The Algerian courts continue to hound Mohamed Benchicou and his colleagues at Le Matin,” the press freedom organization said. “We once again reiterate our call for the release of this journalist, who has been in prison for the past 10 months and whose health, according to his family, has deteriorated sharply. We do not understand why the judicial authorities have refused to approve the prison doctor’s request for his transfer to a hospital. And we call on the prison authorities to at least let him be examined by a doctor chosen by the family.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “After managing to close the newspaper, the authorities are now targeting its staff. By sentencing five journalists to prison terms, the state has demonstrated that it is bent on cracking down on the press, making Algeria one of the toughest countries in Africa for the news media.” The organization added: “We appeal to the courts to show reason and moderation. Judges must stop cooperating with those who want to gag the independent press. And the 2001 amendments to the criminal code, establishing prison sentences for defamation and insult, must be rescinded.” Abla CherifTwo of the five journalists, Abla Cherif and Hassane Zerrouky, were sentenced to two months in prison in a libel action brought by Mohamed Ali Shoraffa, a businessman from the United Arab Emirates and friend of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, over a series of reports implicating him in embezzlement. The newspaper revealed how Orascom, a company in which he is a shareholder, was awarded a mobile telephone concession. Hassane ZerroukyYoucef Rezzoug and Yasmine Ferroukhi were sentenced to three months in prison for libelling energy and mines minister Chakib Khelil in reports that accused the authorities of using the state oil company Sonatrach to buy luxury apartments for the president’s relatives and friends with public funds. Imprisonment of the two journalists has been postponed pending the outcome of an appeal by Le Matin’s lawyers. Youcef RezzougBenchicou, who has been serving a two-year prison sentence since 14 June 2004, received the same sentences in both cases. His request for release on health grounds was refused by a court today. He was convicted last year of “breaking the law governing exchange control and capital movements” on the grounds that certificates of deposit were found in his luggage at Algiers airport on his return from Paris in August 2003.Benchicou has been at the centre of a legal saga for months in which he has been the target of many libel complaints.Le Matin opposed President Bouteflika during his campaign for re-election in April 2004. Previously, in February 2004, Benchicou published a scathing booklet about him entitled, “Bouteflika, an Algerian imposter.” A total of 40,000 copies were sold in Algeria. Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News April 29, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders roundly condemned the sentences of two and three months in prison which an Algiers court imposed on five journalists with the independently daily Le Matin in libel cases yesterday, as well as a court refusal today to free one of them who was already in prison, publisher Mohamed Benchicou (photo), on health grounds. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more
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