Thailand: YARPTI frowns at suspension on TV station for criticizing Army
The Youths for Human Rights Protection strongly condemn the 27 March 2017 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) order suspending VOICE TV’s license to operate for seven days starting midnight on Tuesday.
YARPTI sees the shutdown of VOICE TV as an attack on freedom of opinion, which is the inviolable component of the right to free expression. Press freedom guarantees that news and current affairs programs facilitate the formation of opinion on public interest issues free from government interference.
The broadcasting regulatory body’s decision was in response to complaints filed by the Royal Thai Army’s Media Monitoring Committee against three TV programs on VOICE TV station on 15 and 20 March 2017. The programs criticized the military’s use of power on some issues