BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand’s military on Thursday ordered all television and radio stations to suspend their usual programmes and show only the army’s broadcasts in the wake of a coup.
The step was taken to ensure the release of “accurate news to the people,” an army spokesman said in a televised announcement.
All television channels in the South-east Asian kingdom including foreign broadcasters such as CNN, BBC, and CNBC ran a constant military feed featuring a succession of brief announcements related to the government takeover.
Between the bulletins, a static screen was shown depicting the emblems of the various branches of Thailand’s armed forces, as patriotic Thai songs played.
Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha made the announcement in a televised address to the nation, saying the powerful armed forces had to act to restore stability after nearly seven months of political rallies in the capital Bangkok.