Gagged by “Peace and Order”

Thailand is ruled by a military junta called the National Council for Peace and Order. Ubiquitous and all-powerful and led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, a press freedom predator, it keeps journalists and citizen-journalists under permanent surveillance, often summons them for questioning, and detains them arbitrarily. Any criticism of the junta is liable to lead to violent reprisals made possible by draconian legislation and a justice system that follows orders. The already feared Computer-Related Crime Act was reinforced in 2016, giving the authorities even more surveillance and censorship powers. King Rama X’s succession to the throne has not curtailed the use of lèse-majesté charges – which are punishable by 15 years in prison – as a weapon of mass deterrence against journalists and bloggers.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



142 in 2017

Global score


44.69 in 2017


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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