In one of the biggest gatherings of media organisations since the 2014 coup, representatives of 30 media organisations last month filed their written objection to a controversial media bill that they say would limit press freedom.
The bill, officially called the "bill on rights protection, ethical promotion and standards of media professionals", is being pushed by junta-installed National Reform Steering Assembly's (NRSA) media panel.
Media organisations have denounced the bill for allowing the government to meddle with the media through a so-called professional council. This council also will also have the power to issue and revoke media licenses.
The NRSA has since agreed to review certain areas of the bill. But will it still compromise the media's watchdog role? And can the media come up with an effective self-regulation mechanism?
Join us at the FCCT for a panel discussion on this controversy.
Thepchai Yong, president of the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association
Supinya Klangnarong, commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
Dr. Pirongrong Ramasoota, assistant professor at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Communication Arts
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