• Mr. Speaker, Freedom to say what you believe is a universal human right but certain rulers do not seem to get that.
  • On March 25th, Prayuth Chan-ocha, the junta leader and acting Prime Minister of Thailand warned journalists, ``You don't have to support the government ..... but you should report the truth ..... or we'll probably just execute [you].''
  • Prayuth and his fellow generals took over the elected government in a coup last May. The country has been under martial law ever since then. Prayuth can ban any political gathering and the military can arrest and detain whoever whenever they want--including journalists.
  • This latest threat should be taken seriously.
  • Freedom of speech is our first amendment for a reason. It's the building block of all other rights and to promote change for the good of the people.
  • The rulers in Thailand should immediately make clear that freedom of speech, including freedom of the press , is a right that all the people of Thailand can and should exercise.
  • And that's just the way it is.