Congratulations to Pravit Rojanaphruk Winner of the 2017 Press Freedom Award

The Thai Alliance for Human Rights offers our most enthusiastic congratulations to Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk for being one of 4 journalists throughout the world honored with the 2017 Press Freedom Award. Khun Pravit continues to report the truth and for offer ethical commentary under extremely stressful conditions. In the picture above, Pravit Rojanaphruk (to the left) interviews Ja New at a demonstration on the first Anniversary of the May 2014 coup. Khun Pravit has been dragged away by the junta two times, for so-called “attitude adjustment” and “reeducation camp.” The second time he came out, he went straight to Facebook and wrote a post that began

“2 + 2  = 4, never 5 . . . ”

Always eloquent, here is his perfect response to winning the award: “My thanks go to both the supporters and detractors, for that’s what freedom of expression is all about. No one should be above criticism,” he said. “Last but not least, this award would not have been made possible without the active repression meted upon myself by the military junta over the years. While I cannot thank the illegitimate military regime, to them, I say, the struggle for freedom continues.” – Pravit Rojanaphruk quoted in Khaosod English article “Kaosod English Writer Wins Press Freedom Award

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