New curbs on foreign journalists to prevent negative reporting, says Thai minister

(From The Nation)

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has defended his new policy and the recently issued regulation to screen foreign media representatives for journalist-visa applications, saying the move would prevent negative reporting about Thailand.

To be granted a journalist visa to work in Thailand, foreign media representatives now need to show their attitude toward the monarchy

To be granted a journalist visa to work in Thailand, foreign media representatives now need to show their attitude toward the monarchy

The authorities are upset over reports from foreign media about political developments in Thailand, and particularly about the role of the monarchy, he said.

Commenting on the new rule, the BBC’s Southeast Asia Correspondent, Jonathan Head, said foreign journalists who applied for a visa to work in Thailand would be asked about their political attitude — and notably their thoughts about the Thai monarchy.

These “inappropriate” questions and “tougher” practices have been applied as part of validating applicants’ qualification for a media visa (M visa), he said. Read More



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