Depredador

Prayut CHAN-OCHA

21 de marzo de 1954



“General- Primer Ministro” del Reino de Tailandia desde el 20 de mayo de 2014

Depredador desde que llegó al poder

 

 Tailandia, 137°/180 en la Clasificación Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2021



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Dear [Name of Candidate],

I am writing to ask you what you plan to do to defend the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and the fundamental rights of journalists to practice their profession freely in what has become an increasingly hostile environment for information and news providers.

The United States, which enshrines press freedom in the First Amendment of its Constitution, is currently witnessing a drastic decline in media freedom. On June 28, one of the most horrific attacks on press freedom in the United States occurred when five employees, including four reporters, were killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. According to the US Press Freedom Tracker, which comprehensively documents press freedom violations in the US committed by national, state, and local authorities as well as private individuals, 33 journalists were arrested, 43 were physically attacked, and 15 seizures of journalists’ equipment occurred in 2017. In one of these incidents, Rep. Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a Guardian journalist the night before his state’s election. While covering the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, journalists were impersonated on social media, impeding their ability to accurately investigate the facts and disseminate information which could be vital to preventing a similar tragedy. This hostility towards the press not only risks compromising the American public’s right to be informed through journalists’ reporting, but can also degrade the public’s trust in the media itself.

This is not a partisan issue; it is a fundamental right that impacts every American no matter their politics. Journalism is at the crux of our democracy, and communities everywhere rely on journalists to provide them with information that is essential to their daily decision-making processes. It was local investigative journalist Curt Guyette who broke the story about Flint, Michigan’s lack of access to clean water in 2014, prompting years of class-action lawsuits, protests, and subsequent federal assistance to the city in order to try to resolve the crisis. Reporters Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, and Ronan Farrow publicized sexual assault allegations against influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017, leading to the ubiquitous and powerful #MeToo movement which brought decades of sexual abuse and harassment across multiple industries to light.

Yet freedom of the press in the US is currently in dire need of congressional support. It is our civic duty as one of the world’s leading democracies to uphold principles that support and protect the rights of journalists so that they may hold those in power accountable and ensure an informed and engaged community.

If you are elected, what do you plan to do to protect this utterly essential component of our democracy? What are your plans to protect the public’s right to be informed through a free and independent press?

Sincerely,
[Your name]
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Hello, my name is _______ and I am from [city, state].

I’m calling to let you know that [candidate/representative]'s stance on freedom of the press is extremely important in my decision to vote. I feel that this is not a partisan issue, but a fundamental right that impacts every American no matter their politics.

I have become increasingly concerned with the growing climate of hostility for journalists in this country, and I would like for [candidate/representative] to publicly address what they will do to defend press freedom if [he/she] is elected.

Thank you.
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Journalists play a crucial role in our democracy by keeping us informed and holding those in power accountable. And yet in the US, attacks on journalists are becoming more common, undermining the media's role and creating opportunities for government overreach, the erosion of press freedom, and impeding our right to be informed. I’m contacting my candidates and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. Join me at DefendPressFreedom.com

A free press is essential to our democracy. Communities everywhere rely on journalists to report on our government’s actions and hold public figures accountable, providing us with the information we need to make decisions every day. And yet physical, verbal, and online attacks against journalists in the US are increasing at an astonishing rate. I’m contacting my candidates and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. You should too. Read more at DefendPressFreedom.com

Press freedom is declining in the US at an alarming rate. Physical, verbal, and online attacks against journalists have increased drastically in the last two years. As the US midterm elections approach, we must remind our congressional candidates that journalists play a crucial role in our democracy by keeping us informed and holding those in power accountable. I’m contacting my representatives and encouraging them to defend press freedom during their midterm election campaign. Join in and help me spread the word at DefendPressFreedom.com

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    MÉTODO DE DEPREDACIÓN: el “delito de lesa majestad”, el arma universal contra cualquier crítica



    Desde que dio el golpe de Estado militar en 2014 con el apoyo del ejército y de la monarquía tailandesa, el general Prayut se ha coronado como primer ministro, y ha desarrollado un sistema de control de la información extremadamente sofisticado. En los primeros meses de su mandato estableció un régimen de terror absolutamente implacable contra todas las voces independientes, identificadas como antigubernamentales. En menos de un año, más de 20 periodistas y blogueros prefirieron huir del país ante el temor a pasar varios años entre rejas. Prayut Chan-ocha dispone de un arma hecha a medida para reprimir a la prensa independiente: la ley de “delitos de lesa majestad”, que es, con mucho, la más represiva del mundo en este terreno. Más allá del propio insulto al soberano real, este texto legal hace posible que un individuo acumule condenas hasta sumar 60 años de cárcel solo por haber formulado un comentario indeseable sobre el sistema monárquico. Su acceso al poder permitió que Prayut Chan-ocha ampliara por decreto el ámbito de aplicación a la "seguridad nacional", que se juzga en un tribunal militar: de hecho, el texto ya no se refiere solo a las críticas contra el absolutismo de la realeza tailandesa sino también, por ejemplo, a los comentarios sobre el ejército, el gobierno e incluso… sobre el perro del rey.   


    OBJETIVOS PREDILECTOS: ¡a por la oposición!



    ¿Llegó Prayut Chan-ocha al poder mediante un golpe de Estado? Eso no importa, ya que el general cambió rápidamente el uniforme de jefe de la junta por el traje de tres piezas de primer ministro. En un país donde reina la autocensura, se ha alentado profusamente a todos los grandes medios de comunicación a que difundan las bendiciones de las políticas de su gobierno. En las redacciones actuales, los periodistas rebeldes saben que los despedirán si se atreven a desviarse de la línea que impone el poder. Durante la campaña electoral de 2019, a muchos medios cercanos a la oposición, como por ejemplo Voice TV, se les prohibió diligentemente que transmitieran.


    DISCURSO OFICIAL: el desprecio

    9 de marzo de 2021: Prayut Cha-ocha rocía a los periodistas presentes con gel hidroalcohólico para hacerlos callar y para dar por finalizada una conferencia de prensa.

    "Si quieres hacer preguntas políticas, ¡pregúntale a este tipo!". (Esta declaración la hizo el 9 de enero de 2018 en una conferencia de prensa mientras señalaba una foto suya de cartón a tamaño completo).
    Seguramente los ejecutaremos, así de sencillo”. (25 de marzo de 2015: Advertencia lanzada a los periodistas que no siguiesen la línea oficial de su gobierno).