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Police request cancels press briefing by pro-democracy group at FCCT

By The Nation

 

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Photo Credit : Tanawat Wongchai’s Facebook page.

 

A scheduled press conference by a pro-democracy group to launch a campaign against dictatorship at the Foreign Corespondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) on December 11 has been cancelled after a police request.

 

  The FCCT yesterday posted a statement complaining the police action as a threat to freedom of expression.

 

 The group, had planned to announce on December 11  the "Run Against Dictatorship" campaign which will be held on January 12 nationwide. 

Following is the FCCT statement on cancellation of the press conference:

 

The professional committee of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand is concerned about pressure from Thai police to cancel a planned press conference. Over the weekend, the FCCT’s management was asked by Lumpini police station to cancel a booking by a group involved in the ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ planned for next month.

 

The group had agreed to pay to use the FCCT for a press conference announcing the event. The police explained that the title of the event was objectionable, and that they considered it likely to create what they called a “mob.” They also stated that there would be serious consequences for the FCCT – suggesting possible closure - if it did not comply with their request. After discussion with the group, the organisers agreed to find an alternative venue.

 

On several occasions during the preceding five years of military rule, the FCCT was forced to cancel events, both those run by the club and those booked by outside customers. In all those cases the police explained that they were under orders from the military authorities, saying neither they nor the club had any choice in the matter.

 

Thailand has been under a civilian government since May this year, which should make such orders or even “suggestions” to curb free speech a thing of the past. In demanding the cancellation of this week’s event the police gave no legal justification, although they made it clear they were acting on orders from higher up.

 

The FCCT continues to host a rich variety of events, including many which focus on free expression and dissenting political views, and believe such events contribute positively to the broader debate on Thailand’s future. We hope we will be allowed to continue this role in the future.

 

FCCT Professional Committee

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30379269

 

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17 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand has been under a civilian government since May this year, which should make such orders or even “suggestions” to curb free speech a thing of the past.

Speech is still free and you can say as much as you want - just nothing bad

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16 hours ago, rkidlad said:

Jonathan Head was very quick to give up. He really is a bit of a useless turd. 

Yea im sure you would make different choices. Easy to say internet hero. For guys like this it could mean the end of a job and or stay in Thailand. For what.. to host an event. 

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6 minutes ago, robblok said:

Yea im sure you would make different choices. Easy to say internet hero. For guys like this it could mean the end of a job and or stay in Thailand. For what.. to host an event. 

I'm not a professional journalist being paid handsomely by the BBC. Professionals do the jobs they signed up for. 

 

Real journalists take risks in the pursuit of the truth. Saying no to the police wasn't even a risk. There was no legal precedent for them to be there. At the very least the foreign journalists should have asked for a court order. They didn't and they're (international journalists here) quite well protected people.

 

Think before you post. 

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1 minute ago, rkidlad said:

I'm not a professional journalist being paid handsomely by the BBC. Professionals do the jobs they signed up for. 

 

Real journalists take risks in the pursuit of the truth. Saying no to the police wasn't even a risk. There was no legal precedent for them to be there. At the very least the foreign journalists should have asked for a court order. They didn't and they're (international journalists here) quite well protected people.

 

Think before you post. 

i do think before I post you obviously don't. You ask someone to give up their life and job just to hoste an event you like because you hate the junta. 

 

You did not even think further that a guy like that who is obviously anti junta (i mean he was pro red shirts before) could better be here and do things on the edge then if he is replaced by someone to the junta's liking who does not take any risks.

 

I think you over rate how protected they are and how much they can lose. But as I said its easy to be an internet hero and tell others what to do. Why don't you set a good example and start protesting. Lets see what it lands you. 

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