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Thailand coup: All TV, radio stations ordered to carry only army broadcasts

Published on May 22, 2014 9:41 PM
 
Thai armed soldiers stand guard position after a meeting between the army and the main political rivals on second day at the Army Club, in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, May 22, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: EPA

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.

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