Thailand martial law: Thai army chief decrees censorship of media

Thai soldiers take their positions in the middle of a main intersection in Bangkok's shopping district on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Thai soldiers take their positions in the middle of a main intersection in Bangkok's shopping district on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's army chief Tuesday ordered the censorship of the media in the interests of "national security" in a signed statement delivered on every television station.

The army "prohibits all media outlets from reporting or distribution of any news or still photographs detrimental to national security," said the statement by General Prayut Chan-O-Cha which was broadcast on every channel.