Thailand establishes panels to monitor media and prevent ‘misinformation’

Thailand is to establish panels that will monitor all media outlets in an attempt to stop the spread of what the regime has described as “misinformation” about the new government, which took power on May 22.

According to the Bangkok Post, the new National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will set up five panels to monitor content in all branches of the media in order to “prevent the media becoming tools to distribute false information stirring up violence and provoking public hatred against the monarchy.”

The move has been criticised by the Thai Journalists Association which says the NCPO’s move is too broad and could result in the rights of the media being trampled on. “This makes it impossible for the media to scrutinise the work of NCPO,” Nattharavut Muangsuk, a media representative told the Post.

Among the five panels will be one for radio and television stations run by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, one run by the print media, led by the Special Branch,  a panel to monitor news on the social media headed by Thailand’s permanent secretary for information and communication technology and one to monitor international news, led by the permanent secretary for foreign affairs.

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