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Does NBTC lawsuit signal a new chilling effect?

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  • Newspaper section: News
  • Writer: Pirongrong Ramasoota
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Criminal defamation has often been used as a tool to silence criticism by politicians and government officials, with the media and activists the usual targets in Thailand. 

Most recently, the country's communications regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), joined the ranks of defamation plaintiffs by lodging a libel lawsuit against a prominent academic and a TV anchor for a comment in an interview on a Thailand Public Service Broadcasting (TPBS) programme about a regulatory decision.

To be exact, it was the telecommunications panel within the NBTC that filed the suit. The NBTC consists of two smaller committees - broadcasting and telecommunications. Five of the 11 members of the NBTC constitute each committee, while the chairman oversees both.

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