Pattaya Press Association launched

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Area media organizations have incorporated the Pattaya Press Association, which brings together smaller media groups that have been operating on the Eastern Seaboard for the past 20 years.

Regional politicians, bureaucrats and community leaders congratulated inaugural President Amporn Saengkaee.

At the group’s first meeting Aug. 8 at the Diana Garden Resort, the association handed out scholarships to children of reporters and editors and enjoyed dinner and other activities.

Pattaya Press Association members celebrate their step up from a club to an association. Pattaya Press Association members celebrate their step up from a club to an association.

Amporn said the incorporation as the former Pattaya Press Club had become larger and larger over recent years. Thai laws draw a tax and legal distinction between clubs and associations, and it was time for the club to become the latter.

He said the association will work in coming months to increase the academic, practical and ethical training for Thai journalists.