News site editor suspended for awards to monarchy reform activists

Description

On 6 April 2023, the executive editor of The People, a news website owned by The Nation Multimedia Group, announced that the site would suspend its operation for 7 days in response to criticism over its decision to name two monarchy reform activists among the recipients of The People Awards 2023, which sought to recognize individuals who fought for changes and positive impacts on the society. The awards drew criticism from hardline royalists, who accuse The People and its parent company of disloyalty to the monarchy. The People editor also said he would "voluntarily" suspend himself from duty for 30 days. The announcement raised suspicion whether the editor was acting under pressure from The Nation's key executives, who are known publicly as staunch opponents of the monarchy reform movement. It was unclear whether the staff were also subject to any financial penalty.

Information
Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
1
Do they work as freelance or media?
Yes
Position in media
Status of journalists
Gender
Male
Age
Country
Bangkok
Full name or name of group
Unidentified
Gender
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
No
Date of incident
Year of incident
2023
Type of incident
Online intimidation