Use of Light Green armbands by non-journalists

The FCCT condemns the use by non journalists of light green armbands and headbands that can easily be confused with those armbands given out by the TJA. The FCCT believes that this use makes it even more dangerous for journalists working legitimately in Thailand in what is already a risky situation.

The FCCT calls on all sides in this conflict to ensure the safety of journalists working on the ground.

Protective Gear for Journalists

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand supports the call by the the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to allow journalists in Thailand to legally access protective gear required to ensure their safety.

The FCCT urges the government of Thailand to relax restrictions that prohibit importing body shields and helmets to increase security for professional media covering the political unrest in the country.

In 2010, two journalists were among those killed during the crackdown against protesters in Bangkok. The current political protests may erupt in violence that place journalists at risk.

The FCCT maintains that press freedom must include a guarantee of safety for Thai and foreign media.
11.00 am-1.30 pm, Thursday May 8, 2014
Bangkok Business Connections (BBC)
The Best Networking Luncheon in Town!

Club News

FCCT Statement with Clarification: The Pulitzer Prize and Media Freedom

Ruth B. McGee RIP

Events in April

7 pm, Wednesday 23 April, 2014
Bangkok's Hidden Nooks and Corners
An Evening with Ken Barrett

2 pm-4 pm, Thursday April 24, 2014
A press conference with Cuba Ambassador H.E. Mr. Ramirez Peña about the Cuban Twitter, ZunZuneo, scandal

6.30 pm-8.30 pm, Tuesday April 29, 2014
Parenting Tips: Ways to keep your child safe online
By James Abela and David Ogden from Bangkok Patana School

7pm, Wednesday 30 April, 2014
UNESCO Bangkok and FCCT World Press Freedom Day
Panel Discussion and Youth Poster Competition Exhibition

Events in May

7 pm, Friday May 9, 2014
New Members' Night (Including the famous Media Tour)
Specifically for current members who have joined since December 2010, but it's for "Old" Members too who may have missed this well-attended event in the past!!

6.30pm to 8.30pm, Thursday May 15, 2014
US Tax Seminar
A deVere Group seminar on important US FATCA and PFIC rules

7 pm, Monday 19 May, 2014
Contemporary World Film Series: Double Series - La Petite Chambre ( The Little Room), Switzerland
87 mins, Directed by Stephanie Chuat, Veronique Reymond Screening Courtesy: Embassy of Switzerland, which will provide wine, cheese and snacks.

7.30 pm, Tuesday May 20, 2014
PSC Thailand Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe)
The official launch of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign in Thailand, featuring a talk from Omar Barghouti, founder of the BDS movement

7 pm, Monday 26 May, 2014
Contemporary World Film Series: Double-Bill - Trishna (UK)
117 mins, directed by Michael Winterbottom Screening Courtesy: Revolution Films, & the British Council

Job Openings

Assistant Position
The Establishment Post

Assistant Reporter
Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper

In the Gallery, March 2014: Shark Fin

Photo by Paul Hilton

An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year, primarily to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Global shark populations are in catastrophic decline. This exhibition features photographs from Paul Hilton's World Press Award winning series on shark finning, as well as more recent images of an estimated 30,000 fins drying on urban rooftops that shocked the world.

In contrast, Thai wildlife activist Jirayu Ekkul's underwater photography reveals the majesty of endangered sharks in their natural environment.

Exhibition presented with support from Fin Free Thailand.

Jazz at the FCCT, every Friday, between 8.00 pm and 10.00pm

    04 April: TONIC

    11 April: The Bylines

    18 April: The Bylines

    25 April: The Bylines

Contemporary World Film Series: 'La Bella del Alhambra' (Cuba)

The Opening Film of FCCT's 2014 Contemporary World Film Series 'La Bella del Alhambra' ('The Beauty of the Alhambra'), from Cuba, had a packed audience of diplomats, academics, businessmen, and many members of the Latin American community.

They thoroughly enjoyed this energetic musical, which captured the scintillating music and dance of 1920's Cuba.

Cuban rums, mojitos, snacks and cigars were generously provided by Cuban Ambassador HE Victor Ramirez Pena, which added to the vibrant atmospherics of the evening .

The photograph shows, from the left:
Heads of the Latin American Dept, Chulalongkorn University, the Ambassador of Colombia and his wife, FCCT President Jonathan Head, FCCT Film Coordinator Lekha Shankar, the Ambassador of Cuba and his wife, the Ambassador of S. Africa, the Deputy Head of Mission from the Argentine Embassy and his wife, the British Ambassador and his wife.

Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand - Your Perfect Venue

For press conferences, book and motion picture launches, corporate meetings and more. The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand's penthouse Clubhouse is the perfect venue. We are:
  • Centrally located in the Maneeya Center, in the heart of Ratchaprasong, home to the greatest concentration of news bureaus and media organizations in Thailand.
  • Adjacent to and easily accessible directly from the Chidlom BTS Skytrain station.
We offer our customers a wide range of services, custom tailored to your specific needs. We have: Complete audio-visual capability with three video cameras and fixed and wireless microphones for live presentations.
  • Multi-disk record and playback equipment for standard-definition and Blu-Ray high-definition DVD, audio and video CD and most other popular formats.
  • LCD projector with direct and oblique screens for motion picture and computer presentations.
  • Complete kitchen providing a myriad of delicious food-service options, from coffee-break sweets to quick meals to sit-down or buffet lunches and dinners featuring eastern, western and vegetarian cuisine.
  • Full bar offering a wide range of soft drinks, beers on tap and in bottle, wine, and a selection of spirits and popular cocktails.
  • Smoker's balcony with picnic seating, greenery and a fine view of central Bangkok.
Rates are among the most reasonable in town, starting at only Baht 5,000 for a half-day's use of the Clubhouse, including our audio-visual equipment and a skilled operator. Catering services are priced to your specific requirement.

And for that special private party, the fully staffed Clubhouse can be exclusively yours on almost any Saturday or Sunday for little more than a weekday event.

For bookings or for more information, please contact the FCCT at 02 652-0580 or by e-mail to

The King of Thailand in World Focus

Now available in soft cover! Only Baht 270 for FCCT members

The FCCT's sell-out publishing success, The King of Thailand in World Focus, a 280-page collection of articles and images from the international press on the life and reign of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, is now available in a new, popularly priced soft-cover edition. In addition to making for fascinating reading, the book is the only comprehensive reference work on the current reign as reported over the years by correspondents, journalists and photographers in magazines and newspapers around the world

This large-format, full-color book is identical to the hard-bound third edition which sold out late last year, but with a stiff, varnished art-card cover, and priced to be easy on the wallet. It's available through the FCCT office and at Asia Books around town for the cover price of only Baht 300. FCCT members can get a copy through the FCCT office only for just Baht 270, on presentation of your current membership card.

Don't miss out. Get your copy of this unique publication today!

Attending FCCT Programs

How do you keep up with all the great FCCT programs?

Join FCCT and receive e-mails whenever new programs are added. Because news changes fast, FCCT sometimes schedules timely programs on short notice.

FCCT members receive e-mails with "late-breaking news" about programs.

For Correspondents Only?

The FCCT is not just for correspondents-in fact, most of our members are not news people.

A past FCCT president even came up with the slogan, "You don't have to be foreign and you don't have to be a correspondent". We are a very diverse club and welcome all.

For more information, call 02-652-0580-1 or click here to e-mail

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center
518/5 Ploenchit Road
(connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330

Phone: 02-652-0580-1

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