Four Thai media agencies and a major student activist Facebook page were ordered to suspend their live broadcasting on social media and delete what the Thai Government claims is biased content that is affecting national stability this morning, October 19, as mentioned in a new severe state of emergency declaration.
The media sources include Voice TV, Prachatai.com, The Reporters, The Standard, and student activist group Free Youth which have been live broadcasting and updating on social media platforms during five days of growing pro-democracy protests in Bangkok and many other provinces nationwide.
According to the notification from the Thai Government, the platforms had contained what the Government believes is misleading information that is affecting national stability or order. They will also be under a media investigation by relevant authorities, the order added.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society will be in charge of the media investigation as well as prohibiting broadcasting and deleting allegedly misleading content in the platforms, effective today. Meanwhile, many journalism based groups and other press have responded in disappointment and anger, with hashtags based around keeping press free and journalism not being a crime dominating social media. Many prominent reporters, including those that work with the associations named, have stated their disapproval.
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