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Please note that the FCCT will be closed on the following dates in May: May 2, May 5, May 6, and May 20, 2016

Upcoming Events (FCCT)
How Free is Thailand's Media Now: On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day the FCCT is hosting four distinguished journalists working for the Thai media to outline how they deal with the pressure of working under a military government.
Following their coup on 22 May 2014, Thailand's military authorities have imposed a number of measures restricting freedom of expression, with sometimes harsh penalties for those judged to have violated them. They have also applied existing laws like Lese Majeste, Computer Crimes, and Sedition more rigorously than before. As a result Thailand has fallen sharply in the various international tables measuring press freedom. However, Thai journalists have continued to report critically, and to challenge the military government. They have to deal with various forms of pressure from the military junta, but are still much freer to publish than in some other SE Asian countries. The FCCT is pleased to be hosting four experienced Thai journalists to hear from them how they still manage to get their stories out, and about the occasions when they cannot.
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Talking About Thailand's New Constitution: What the political parties think of the new charter
On 7 August the people of Thailand will get to vote in a referendum on their country's 20th constitution. The government is making a big effort to inform people about the contents of the charter, but it has imposed very tight restrictions on any debate, and has banned campaigning against it. The FCCT has already hosted a spokesman for the Constitutional Drafting Commission, who was not allowed to take part in a debate.
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Contemporary Film Series - Two Great Films in May The Sweet Hereafter - (Canada 1hr 52min) Directed by Atom Egoyan: Film Screening Courtesy - Ego Film Arts Supported by the Embassy of Canada which will provide choice Canadian wines and snacks

This is probably the most-awarded film of Canada's best-known contemporary film-maker, Atom Egoyan, originally born in Egypt to Armenian parents, and today one of the most famous names in his multicultural adopted homeland.
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Contemporary World Film Series - 'Thy Womb' (Sinapupunan), Philippines, 1 hr 40 mins Directed by Brillante Ma Mendoza: Screening Courtesy: Centre Stage Productions Supported by the Embassy of the Philippines, who will serve Philippine ​snacks, 'Chef Tony's' gourmet popcorn, and San Miguel ​beer​ ​.

This is a moving and memorable film by the Philippines' best known contemporary film maker Brillante Ma Mendoza, whose movies have won awards at the world's top festivals (he has a film in Competition, even at this year's Cannes Festival.)
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Thai Buddhism : Seized by Politics? : A Panel Discussion
Thai Buddhism and the monastic community or sangha have been increasingly polarized and politicized in the last two decades. With monks participating in demonstrations on different sides of the political spectrum, the image of Buddhism as a harmonious unifying factor of Thai society has been seriously eroded.
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Upcoming Events (non-FCCT)
Bangkok Business Connections - (BBC) The Best Networking Event in Town: Networking Luncheon

COMMEMORATION OF THE PALESTINIAN NAKBA (CATASTROPHE): Occupation of Palestine By Occupation of the American Mind - Film Screening and Discussion


In the Gallery this month: Photographs by Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz is a Bangkok based photo-journalist:

"When I was growing up in Bangkok in the 1960s, I thought all Thais and most of the people of Southeast Asia were Buddhist. When I came back as an adult I saw there was a diversity and vibrancy to spiritual life here many foreigners never see.

I came to Southeast Asia to work on stories related to human migration and climate change. But increasingly I find I'm working on stories and events related to religion and explorations of spirituality.

I made these photos so people beyond Asia could see the remarkable spiritual diversity that's easily taken for granted here. From Muslim rituals in Myanmar to Catholics in Thailand to Buddhists everywhere, the unseen is all around us in Southeast Asia. In small ways - like offerings left on sidewalks - to big ways, like mass merit-making ceremonies in central Bangkok.

These are a few of my photos that explore spiritual life in Asia."

Jack Kurtz was a U.S.-based photojournalist for nearly three decades, working for newspapers in Florida, New York, Texas, and Arizona. In 2012, he finished his newspaper career as Picture Editor and Photojournalist at the Arizona Republic and relocated to Thailand where he spent six years of his childhood in the late 60s. He currently resides in Bangkok with Cathy, his wife of 35 years

Jazz at the FCCT, between 8.00 pm and 10.00pm

01 April: No Jazz

08 April: Tonic

15 April: Public Holiday

22 April: The Bylines

29 April: No Jazz

Contemporary World Film Series

The Contemporary World Film Series featured two unique films in April, by two award-winning expat female Asian film-makers living in the West.

The first was 'Earth' by well-known Toronto-based Indian film-maker Deepa Mehta, and the second was 'Dukhtar', the debut feature of New York-based Pakistani film-maker Afia Nathaniel. The two films were screened independently but drew large crowds, proving that good cinema is the raison d'etre of this Film Series, which is now in its ninth year.

The audience included Ambassadors, academics, businessmen, film and culture buffs. They felt the two movies gave them much food for thought about the two Asian countries, India and Pakistan.

Ambassador-couples from the Czech Republic, Canada, Germany, with Fcct President Nirmal Ghosh and Film Coordinator Lekha Shankar, at the screening of the Indo-Canadian film 'Earth'.

The large crowd at the screening of the Pakistan film 'Dukthar', included many high-level Indian connoisseurs of the arts.

Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand - Your Perfect Venue

For press conferences, book and motion picture launches, corporate meetings and more. The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand's penthouse Clubhouse is the perfect venue. We are:
  • Centrally located in the Maneeya Center, in the heart of Ratchaprasong, home to the greatest concentration of news bureaus and media organizations in Thailand.
  • Adjacent to and easily accessible directly from the Chidlom BTS Skytrain station.
We offer our customers a wide range of services, custom tailored to your specific needs. We have: Complete audio-visual capability with three video cameras and fixed and wireless microphones for live presentations.
  • Multi-disk record and playback equipment for standard-definition and Blu-Ray high-definition DVD, audio and video CD and most other popular formats.
  • LCD projector with direct and oblique screens for motion picture and computer presentations.
  • Complete kitchen providing a myriad of delicious food-service options, from coffee-break sweets to quick meals to sit-down or buffet lunches and dinners featuring eastern, western and vegetarian cuisine.
  • Full bar offering a wide range of soft drinks, beers on tap and in bottle, wine, and a selection of spirits and popular cocktails.
  • Smoker's balcony with picnic seating, greenery and a fine view of central Bangkok.
Rates are among the most reasonable in town, starting at only Baht 5,000 for a half-day's use of the Clubhouse, including our audio-visual equipment and a skilled operator. Catering services are priced to your specific requirement.

And for that special private party, the fully staffed Clubhouse can be exclusively yours on almost any Saturday or Sunday for little more than a weekday event.

For bookings or for more information, please contact the FCCT at 02 652-0580 or by e-mail to

The King of Thailand in World Focus

Now available in soft cover! Only Baht 270 for FCCT members

The FCCT's sell-out publishing success, The King of Thailand in World Focus, a 280-page collection of articles and images from the international press on the life and reign of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, is now available in a new, popularly priced soft-cover edition. In addition to making for fascinating reading, the book is the only comprehensive reference work on the current reign as reported over the years by correspondents, journalists and photographers in magazines and newspapers around the world

This large-format, full-color book is identical to the hard-bound third edition which sold out late last year, but with a stiff, varnished art-card cover, and priced to be easy on the wallet. It's available through the FCCT office and at Asia Books around town for the cover price of only Baht 300. FCCT members can get a copy through the FCCT office only for just Baht 270, on presentation of your current membership card.

Don't miss out. Get your copy of this unique publication today!

Attending FCCT Programs

How do you keep up with all the FCCT programs?

Join FCCT and receive e-mails whenever new programs are added. Because news changes fast, FCCT sometimes schedules timely programs on short notice.

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For Correspondents Only?

The FCCT is not just for correspondents-in fact, most of our members are not news people.

A past FCCT president even came up with the slogan, "You don't have to be foreign and you don't have to be a correspondent". We are a very diverse club and welcome all.

For more information, call 02-652-0580-1 or click here to e-mail

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center
518/5 Ploenchit Road
(connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330

Phone: 02-652-0580-1

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