Proposed Thai law gives police power to shut news media
เสนอกฎหมายไทยให้อำนาจตำรวจปิดสื่อข่าวต่าง ๆ

UPDATE: Bill to amend Printing Act withdrawn – Bangkok Post, November 8, 2011
…Asked whether the ministry would resubmit the bill later, Ms Sukumol said post-flood rehabilitation had a higher priority than other matters at the present time.
The cabinet on Oct 18 approved the proposed amendment to the Printing Act of 2007 which would make the national police chief head of the country’s censorship board, a move criticised as a step backwards and aimed at empowering the government to take complete control of the media…

Proposed Thai law gives police power to shut news media – indexoncensorship.org, November 7, 2011
…The proposed amendment to the Printing Act of 2007, if passed by parliament into law, will give the national police chief the power to close down any news media with impunity. Key issues in the Printing Act amendment are Articles 10, 18/1 and 27. The National Police Chief will have power to prohibit publication, distribution, import, or import for distribution of printing material deemed offensive to the monarchy institution or undermining national security, public order, or good morals…

Deluge can’t cover up government’s press clampdown – The Nation, October 27, 2011
…In some respects, it is even worse than the original notorious Printing Act of 1941, which was the hallmark of press restriction under military dictatorship. No periodical renewal of a newspaper publishing license was mentioned. Under the new amendment, every publisher must apply for permission to have his license renewed every five years…

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