Pertaining to the detention of our senior reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk, who was "invited" by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to report himself on Sunday and detained without proper charges, The Nation demands that he be released as soon a
The Nation’s executives and Pravit’s family have not been able to contact him and are worried about his safety and welfare.
Though government spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd provided an explanation on Pravit’s detention yesterday, we call on the authorities to try him via normal legal procedures if he has indeed violated the law.
It is only fair that Pravit be released as soon as possible if the NCPO does not have sufficient evidence to warrant his detention.
We also call on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as NCPO chief, to consider Pravit’s release as soon as possible, as well as to disclose the location where he is being held. We believe he should be allowed visits from members of his family and his supervisors, so they can be assured of his well-being, and that he be granted access to a lawyer.
Detaining journalists without clear charges can raise concerns over media freedom in Thailand and give rise to questions about and NCPO’s sincerity in restoring democracy as it claims.