New Members October to December, 2017
THE Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand is delighted to welcome the following new members who joined the club during during the months of October, November and December 2017. Though the FCCT was founded primarily as a Journalist's club, we have traditionally welcomed members from every profession and every country.
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The professional membership of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand is deeply concerned by the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines to revoke the licence of Rappler, a relatively new and influential online media company.
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Release Myanmar Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo
Petitioning the Myanmar Government
Press associations around Asia, together with citizens concerned over threats to press freedom, call for the immediate release of two Myanmar journalists with the Reuters news agency. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were charged in court on January 10, 2018, for allegedly breaching the draconian Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
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The professional membership of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand is dismayed by the arrest and prosecution in Cambodia of two unemployed journalists for alleged international espionage. Former Radio Free Asia (RFA) Khmer Service reporters Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were arrested on Nov. 14 for running an unlicensed karaoke studio.
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The FCCT prides itself for being one of Thailand's most respected venues for holding open debates about current events. We usually hold panel discussions on Wednesday nights at 7pm. The entry fee for non-members is 450 baht.

Documentary Film Night: "Kedi" (Tracking the Street Cats of Istanbul, "Kedi" Reveals a City's Humanity)
In partnership with Thailand Documentary Club 1 hour, 19 minutes Language: Turkish soundtrack with English subtitles and Thai subtitles
7pm, Monday January 22, 2018
"Is this delightful and visually splendid film a documentary about Istanbul with cats, or a documentary about cats that happens to be set in Istanbul? There's no need to make the distinction. In all great cities, the magnificent intersects with the mundane--that's what makes them vital--and director Ceyda Torun captures that idea in a movie that breezes along like a silky purr.
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Thailand: An economy on the path of globalization
Documentary and presentation by Laurent Malespine
7pm, Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Thailand's economic development has come a long way in the last 160 years since the signing of the Bowring Treaty with Britain in 1855. That historic agreement opened the country to international trade and modernization stemming from the West's industrial revolution. The severe floods of 2011 were an indicator of Thailand's globalized economy.
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New Members' Night
(Including the famous Media Tour)
7pm, Friday January 26, 2018
Specifically for new members who have joined since August 2017, but also for "old" members who may have missed this well-attended event in the past. This is your chance to meet other current members and FCCT board members, including the president.
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We Were Kings
Thailand premier of documentary about Myanmar's royal family
7pm, Wednesday, 31 January 2018
In 1885, a small British expeditionary force invaded Upper Burma and deposed King Thibaw. He was the last king of the Konbaung dynasty and the last ruling Burmese monarch in a history dating back thousands of years.
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Crisis in the Media - What Ails Thailand's Fourth Estate?
Panel discussion
7pm, Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Details to be announced.
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The Lisu: Far from the Ruler
Book launch by Michele Zack
7pm, Wednesday February 14, 2018
'Lisu: Far from the Ruler' is the first book about the small ethnic group living primarily in mountainous regions of southwest China, Myanmar, and northern Thailand. The author, historian and journalist Michele Zack, started working on the Lisu in the 1990s. Her book documents the effects of 30 years of globalization on this one small ethnic group.
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FCCT Documentary Series
The FCCT presents outstanding documentary films every Monday night at 7:00 PM (except holidays), followed by a discussion, or in some cases a Q&A with the director via Skype. Many of these films have won international documentary film awards. The subjects of these documentaries cover a wide range as the films are for the general public.
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Italian Writers in Bangkok
Presentation of Books and Writers
(Not FCCT)
6pm, Tuesday March 20, 2018 and 6pm Thursday May 31, 2018
Since 2012, a dozen of Italian Writers in Bangkok have published twenty new books, mostly in Italian and English language, both in print and e-book format. They range from non-fiction to science fiction, from novels and thrillers to history, academic literature and travel stories. Books will be available and will be signed by their authors.
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We record most of our events and put it up on Youtube two weeks after the event. If you would like to purchase a DVD of the event, please contact our office at

We provide grants of 15,000 baht every two months to documentary photographers and photojournalists to go towards printing for the FCCT exhibition. We give priority to photographers who live and work in Asia and Asia-focused topics that are under-covered. To apply for these grants please send a 150 word summary of the project, a short bio of the photographer and a dropbox of at least 15 selects from the project with captions to

The Night Shift - Documenting Duterte's War on Drugs in the Philippines
At the time of his election in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte promised an end to the scourge of illegal drugs. "Forget the laws on human rights," he said at his final rally. "If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor [of Davao]. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better not go out because I'd kill you. I'll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there."

Every night, for over a year, the "night shift" has covered Duterte's deadly war on narcotics. Photographers, writers, filmmakers, attending crime scene after crime scene, have documented the corpses of alleged drug addicts and dealers found in gutters, alleys and under bridges. Some were shot, others were strangled or had their faces wrapped in plastic and wrists and ankles bound. Scrawled signs beside their corpses identified them as criminals.

For those in the field, it is a constant struggle between neutrality and compassion. Stories about the carnage are often written off as support for illegal drugs. Witnesses are terrified. Killers are called heroes. A stand in defence of human rights is often called an attack on the government. 

There has been international condemnation and local resistance. More than one year into the war on drugs, the number of dead is no longer properly tallied but is believed to exceed 10,000. Photographers carry on following the story, not because they expect it will bring justice, but to remind the world of the many lives that will not be lived. 
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