Media control bill suspended

Representatives of media organisations file their opposition to a media-regulation bill with Alongkorn Ponlabut, second right, vice president of the National Reform Steering Assembly, at the parliament on Thursday. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

The whip committee of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) on Thursday rejected the controversial media regulation bill in the face of growing opposition from media organisations and told drafters to review it.

It agreed in principle that there should be a national media council but there were concerns inside and outside the assembly and the issue involved the public, Khamnoon Sitthisamarn, spokesman of the NRSA whip committee, said.

“We agree in principle the voluntary self-regulation of media organisations should be upgraded and become a responsibility of a legal profession council. But the composition and authority of the councillors should be reviewed,” he said.

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