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Thailand Foreign Correspondents Club Statement on Banning of Myanmar Program

The professional membership of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Thai authorities to shut down a planned discussion about a hard-hitting report by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released last month. The report recommended prosecution of Myanmar’s military leaders for alleged genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in ethnic minority areas. In a letter ordering the FCCT to cancel the event, the Thai police stated that the discussion might be used by ‘third parties’ to cause unrest and endanger national security. There are no grounds whatever for such suspicions. The club has regularly held orderly and informative panel discussions on current affairs for over 62 years, and these have never led to any unrest or subversion. Continue Reading →

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Cambodia’s Relentless Clamp Down on Press Freedom

Cambodia’s media climate was once among the freest in Southeast Asia, but in the past year Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has shut down more than 30 radio stations, ejected international nongovernmental organizations promoting democracy and press freedom, jailed journalists and enacted restrictive laws curtailing the media’s freedom of expression. Continue Reading →

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