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Government backs Asean journalists’ conference in Thailand

Oct 30. 2017
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn, far right, meets with Confederation of Thai Journalists president Thepchai Yong, centre, at Government House.
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn, far right, meets with Confederation of Thai Journalists president Thepchai Yong, centre, at Government House.
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By The Nation

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The government on Monday declared its support for the Confederation of Asean Journalists (CAJ) conference to be held in Thailand early next year.

Representatives of the Confederation of Thai Journalists (CTJ), led by its president Thepchai Yong, on Monday met Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn and representatives from the Tourism and Sports Ministry and Culture Ministry at Government House. 

The biennial conference, to be held from January 24 to 28 next year, aims to enhance cooperation among Asean media and highlight the role of Thai media in the region, said Thepchai. 

The CAJ, which celebrates its 42nd anniversary next year, will also focus on supporting the freedoms of regional media.

Tanasak affirmed that the government will support the event.

The CTJ will receive the chairmanship of the conference from the Vietnam Journalists Association, Thepchai said.

The CAJ consists of the CTJ, Vietnam Journalists Association, Indonesian Journalists Association, National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia, Lao Journalists Association, National Press club of The Philippines and Singapore National Union of Journalists.

Media groups from China, Japan and South Korea – Asean Plus Three countries – will also be invited to take part in the conference.

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