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    NCPO To Contact Press When They Report 'False' Information
    27 June 2014

    BANGKOK Gen. Udomdet Sittabutr, secretary general of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), was speaking at a meeting with over 40 editors and executives from Thai media agencies at the Army Club on Viphavadee Road in Bangkok today.

    According to an assistant editor of Khaosod newspaper who attended the meeting, Gen. Udomdet said the media will not have to send their news to the military for review, but that a military panel will closely monitor all published content to look for "false information" and rumours that inaccurately portray the NCPO and its missions.

    If the military encounters such content, officers will directly contact editors to correct the information, said Khaosod editor Wichayasak Suwannathat.

    'Media monitoring is not restriction'



    According to the plan, TV and radio stations will be monitored by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), print media by the Special Branch Police, online media by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and foreign media by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The NCPO said the measure is needed to suppress "false information" and news reports that insult the monarchy.

    At today's meeting, Gen. Udomdet insisted that the monitoring panels do not intend to restrict freedom of the press, but are simply a means to "help the media determine correct information," according to Mr. Wichayasak.

    Some editors at the meeting asked Gen. Udomdet about reports of military officers being sent to a newsrooms to stop coverage about an anti-coup organisation recently set up in exile by two fugitive politicians.

    Gen Udomdet replied that the media is not forbidden to report about the organisation, called the Free Thais, but said editors should exercise their judgment concerning whether reporting about the group will cause further conflicts in society.

    "If it does, then the media should not report it," Mr. Wichayasak recalled Gen. Udomdet as saying.



    Mr. Wichayasak said the military junta's heightened media monitoring will not affect the impartiality of Khaosod newspaper.

    "We will continue to report the news based on facts," Mr. Wichayasak said, although he added that the newspaper will refrain from reporting details about certain issues, such as the movements of the anti-coup Free Thai organisation.

    Journalists demand more clarity

    The Thai Journalist Association (TJA) submitted an open letter to the NCPO today, calling for more clarity about the junta's measures to root out "false information" from media reports.

    The letter expresses TJA's deep concern over military officers' intrusion into the newsrooms of Kom Chad Luek newspaper and Nation TV on 25 June to stop coverage about the Free Thai organisation.

    The letter also urges the NCPO's media committees to define their scope of power in clearer terms.



    en.khaosod.co.th
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    Gen Udomdet replied that the media is not forbidden to report about the organisation, called the Free Thais, but said editors should exercise their judgment concerning whether reporting about the group will cause further conflicts in society.

    "If it does, then the media should not report it," Mr. Wichayasak recalled Gen. Udomdet as saying.
    So is it just the Free Thais or any and all groups who may cause conflicts in society ?

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    • #3
      Thai press freedom index down after coup2015 Press Freedom Index
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        Thai government to publish newspaper to counter "bad press"

        Thai government to publish newspaper to counter "bad press"
        11 March 2015


        Thai government to publish newspaper to counter "bad press"


        Bangkok (dpa) - Thailand's military government plans to publish its own newspaper to counter what it sees as negative press coverage, an official confirmed Wednesday.

        For the People will be published by the government to update citizens on the progress that has been made under military rule, military spokesman Winthai Suvaree told dpa.

        The government newspaper, which will have a print run of 10,000 copies, will be published at the end of March and distributed free of charge around public transportation hubs.

        Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former army chief, has been upset recently by press coverage of his government.

        He said he almost punched a reporter this month after the journalist asked what progress had been made by his government.

        The premier has repeatedly called for the press to stop criticizing his government, saying it was doing its best under difficult circumstances.

        Prayuth came to power after a military coup in May. Since assuming the premiership, the armed forces have cracked down on dissent and censored political opponents, citing the need for national stability.

        dpa-international.com
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        • #5
          aFmZrZv.jpg


          The Thai Junta continues to follow in the Burmese Junta's footsteps .............
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            1425981603_201503101438041-20030315183434.jpg
            Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha holding a draft of the gazette at the Government House on 10 March 2015.

            http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail...te=06&section=
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            • #7
              Well he already has his TV spot. Now a newspaper. Next tweeting and a Facebook page?

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              • #8
                Let me guess... bird with the wristbands and helmet bike stickers masterplans?

                Blaze it up.

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                • #9
                  House of (Fallen) Cards....

                  The guy is so amusing, I'm returning at the week-end to see how things are going. I must find out how the village children are getting on with the 12 commandments, catch up with the Friday early evening show and now I have new material for the children to translate into English for me...

                  How long can the elite allow this clown to continue....

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                  • #10
                    ^ As long as they are not hindered in their "elite" lifestyle, would be my guess. The restrictions and control of Buddhism that have been proposed could start an avalanche of public dissent that even the dictator could not control.

                    To be sure the most telling thing will be the economy. If the elite continue to prosper, all these minor distractions will go unseen. Maybe that is the plan? Create all these little things that distract from real fundamental dissent.

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                    • #11
                      who contacts the NCPO when they report false information ?
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