THAILAND: ASTV can still air Sondhi show
The Public Relations Department appeal to prevent anti-Thaksin campaigner Sondhi Limthongkul's talk show from airing is rejected
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
The Administrative Court yesterday rejected an appeal by the Public Relations Department (PRD) against an interim order allowing the satellite-based ASTV television channel to continue broadcasting anti-Thaksin campaigner Sondhi Limthongkul's weekly talk show.
Mr Sondhi's lawyer Suwat Apaipak said the rejection of the appeal meant ASTV can continue broadcasting Mr Sondhi's shows until the court makes a ruling on the issue in the future.
CAT Telecom blocked the signal on Jan 24 after being told by the Public Relations Department that the broadcasts by ThaiDay Dotcom, a company under Mr Sondhi's Manager Media Group, violated the radio and television broadcasting law because the firm had no broadcasting licence.
On Feb 2 the court accepted a petition from ThaiDay Dotcom, Mr Sondhi and others against the PRD's and CAT Telecom Plc's action in cutting off ThaiDay Dotcom's satellite and internet broadcasts.
It issued an interim order that CAT Telecom stop blocking the ASTV signal.
The court ruled that CAT Telecom and the department could not suspend the satellite and internet broadcasting signals of ThaiDay Dotcom because they had failed to file a proper charge and said that they may have violated the right to freedom of expression.
Date Posted: 5/2/2006