The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), which has failed at most of its assigned work, has recently tried to expand its powers by intimidation and prying into areas where it does not belong.
The prime example right now is the defamation lawsuit against a research expert and an editor of the Thai PBS network. Unfortunately, this attempt by the NBTC to stifle free speech is not a unique action. It is simply the latest high-profile example of shotgun attempts to gather power, at great cost to civil liberties and the legal system.
In the case at hand, the NBTC's weapon is the criminal defamation law. The telecom committee has filed suit against Duenden Nikomborirak of the Thailand Development Research Institute and Nattha Komolvadhin, an editor and programme host for Thai PBS.