Thailand Army Threatens Social Media Users & Shutdown Media

The Thai Army on Tuesday around 7pm issued an order under the Martial Law, prohibiting social media users from posting comments which incite conflict and violence and ordered a temporary shutdown of four more media outlets.

The Army reasoned that they need to shut the TV channels down “in order that people have correct information without bias which may cause misunderstandings, which may amplify the conflict, and affected the peacekeeping duty of the officials.”

The four outlets are Voice TV, Hot TV, Rescue Satellite TV and Satellite TV of the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT).

Voice TV is owned by Panthongtae Shinawatra, the son of Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Hot TV is a satellite channel operated by Leena Jangjanya, a businesswoman and wanna-be politician. Hot TV most of the time broadcasts commercials of Leena’s cosmetic products. The NRPRT is the violent-prone group affiliated with the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

The order was signed by Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha in his capacity as the director of the military-led Peace Keeping Command Center (PKCC).

On Tuesday morning, the Army has ordered 10 satellite and online TV channels and unlicensed community radio stations to stop broadcasting.

Source: Prachatai

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