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Thai food giant pays journalists to boost public image, claims report

Published on Jul 15, 2014 3:27 PM

BANGKOK - A Thai food giant has been paying journalists to boost its public image, a report has said.

The report, which claims that journalists received monthly payments from the food company, was uploaded on the Thailand Information Centre For Civil Rights and Investigative Journalism (TCIJ) website on Monday morning, Bangkok Post reported.

The released report claimed the company closely monitored social media and paid several social media websites to make sure negative news or comments about the company were deleted or did not appear.

Although the firm was not named by TCIJ, Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) later admitted the report referred to its public relations unit but said the report had been doctored and distorted.

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