Parliament reporters on Sunday issued a statement demanding the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) to withdraw the controversial press restriction bill from the parliament for a review and for hearing of opinion from all stakeholders.
In the statement, the parliament-embedded reporters said that the Protection of Media Rights and Freedom, Ethics and Professional Standards bill initiated by NRSA’s reform subcommittee should protect the rights and freedom of the media and should provide a mechanism to ensure media’s independence so that the public will have access to accurate and full information.
However, they said that the bill seeks to impose controls on the media to the extent that they will not be able to exercise their rights and freedom in a way that will benefit the public.
They said that the NRSA should review the content in the bill and, in so doing, should also listen to the views of working reporters in the field and the other stakeholders.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)