News coverage about adultery of celebrities might be illegal

November 24th, 2007 - 1:52 pm ICT by admin  

Bangkok, November 24 (PRD), The Ministry of Culture warns that news coverage about adultery scandals of public figures, including politicians and celebrities, might violate Article 9 of the 2007 Act Protecting the Victims Suffered from Family’s Violence.

The Director of the Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights Foundation, Mr. Shapphasit Khumpraphan (สรรพสิทธิ์ คุมพ์ประพันธ์), says the media cannot reveal the victims’ names of families’ violence as prohibited by Article 9 of the Act. Penalties include an imprisonment of not exceeding six months and/or a fine of up to 60,000 baht.

The Office of Women’s Affairs and Family Development has arranged a seminar on guidelines of the media’s coverage in line with Article 9 of the 2007 Act Protecting the Victims Suffered from Family’s Violence yesterday (November 23rd) at the Princeton Park Suite Hotel.

Mr. Shapphasit also suggests the media to cover news which benefit the society, while ensuring that news stories concerning violence in families do not contain names of both the offenders and the victims.

Source : National News Bureau Public Relations Department

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