Thai PBS documentaries win two awards from Amnesty International Thailand


A television news documentary by Thai PBS on the dangers facing political and social activists in ASEAN has won an outstanding news documentary award from the Amnesty International Thailand.

Another documentary by Thai PBS on the challenges of Thailand’s aging society was also awarded a consolation prize.

The awards were announced in a ceremony “2023 Media for Human Rights Awards” organized by Amnesty International Thailand on January 16. They were chosen from 27 entries in six categories.

The first work of Thai PBS that won the most outstanding award was the series “Threats Against ASEAN Activists” by Thai PBS World. It focuses on how political and social activists in some of the ASEAN countries have been subject to threats and intimidation for their activities. Receiving the award on behalf of the news team was Ms. Narissara Kiniman, an editor of the Thai PBS World.

The other work by Thai PBS that received a consolation prize was the documentary “ALONE - The Last Stop” which shines light on the plights and challenges facing the elderly in the Thai society.

Receiving the award on behalf of the production team were Ms. Rewadee Attaphong, a representative of Thai PBS from the Content Creation Department, Mr. Manoch Puttal, the programme host, and Mr. Bandit Lunta, its producer.

Addressing the award ceremony, Puttanee Kangkun, the chairperson of Amnesty International Thailand, said the media can play an important role in raising people’s awareness of the importance of human rights.

“Like candle light, media can shine light to enable people in the society to be aware of human rights and to encourage people to nurture their mutual respect. It is therefore important to appreciate the role of the media and to give moral support for those who work so hard to bring us news from the perspective that respects, protects and fulfills human rights,” said Puttanee.