CDC: Press media have freedom of information distribution

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BANGKOK, 15 January 2015 – The Constitutional Drafting Committee has agreed that the media should have freedom to share and distribute information under the new charter. 

CDC spokesman Gen. Lertrat Ratanavanich said that the charter drafters on Thursday discussed the part of the draft charter related to the rights and liberty of the people.

He said that details discussed were the rights of the people to equally have convenient access to the justice system and the rights of each family to receive protection and assistance from the government.

Concerning freedom of the press, Gen. Lertrat said that the CDC agreed to add a clause that enables members of the press to have more freedom in order to allow the public to receive more correct information and news.

He added that the draft Constitution also forbids any attempt to shut down or gag any media unless it is the matter of national security or a required attempt to keep order or prevent hatred, which may lead to conflict and hostility in the country.