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ALIANSI JURNALIS INDEPENDEN
THE ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS
STOP MILITARY INTERVENSION AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM IN THAILAND
The development after a military coup on September 19, 2006 in Thailand has been apparently getting worse. A series of policies issued by the military administration, which calls themselves The Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM), has clearly threatened civilian freedom as fundamental rights in a democratic community. The military junta has arbitrarily revoked the basic rights enjoyed so far by the Thai people, including banning differences in opinions, arresting protesters, closing down hundreds of community radios and limiting radio relays.
Such kinds of acts have broken the promises made by CDRM to immediately return sovereignty to the people. Those promises must be seen from the wish of CDRM to guarantee the freedom of expression of the people of Thailand, to speak among Thais, with international community, and even with CDRM. The people’s sovereignty will not be materialized without guaranteed press freedom and access to information.
Although journalists can still move freely across Thailand and the people of Thailand can still enjoy access to Internet, control to mass media has been done. Television stations can not broadcast anymore the opinion of the people on the coup and regulations on censorship have been imposed on all media.
Therefore, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia states as follows:
1. Condemns the coup act committed by the military. A coup is not an answer for the development of a democratic country and in every coup, threats against the freedom of expression always occur.
2. Strongly slams every effort to restrain press freedom in Thailand, because a free press is not only an instrument of democracy but also the democracy’s guardian.
3. Urges the Thai transitional government to keep respect and maintain press freedom in Thailand, not to take actions that can be regarded as censorship on news reports. A democratic community will not be able to exist if the rights on information are limited by the authorities.
4. Calls on the Thai transitional government to immediately end censorship and guarantee the public rights on reports from free and independent media.
5. Expresses solidarity and supports for journalists in Thailand to keep meet the public rights on information and reports from free and independent media.
Jakarta, September 26, 2006
Coordinator of the Advocacy Division
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