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Military junta shuts down a satellite TV channel for defying Order 44

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has ordered the shut down of a satellite TV channel, Fa Hai TV, after the news channel broadcast contents that it considered detrimental to national security and peace and order of the country.

fahhai TvFive station staffers were detained for questioning it freed later on bails, while two others who included a DJ and a former commissioner of the Royal Thai Police are being sought for questioning.

The shut down of the satellite TV station came after a combined force of soldiers and Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police raided the station located off Tivanond road in Pak Kred district of Nonthaburi late Wednesday evening on the order of the military junta after a new programme it aired carried contents that were considered breaching Order 44 of the interim constitution, or detrimental to national security and disturb peace and order of the country.

Six station staffers were arrested. They were Ms Pornthipa Supatananukul or known as DJ Fah, also former programme organiser of Channel 13 (Siam Thai), Chaiwat Chantem, Kunnam Nerunchara, Narongrit Poothavi, and Warit Arkham.

Two others, one identified as DJ Pan Pan or Panatorn Ratapuridet, and a former national police chief, were also sought after when they were not at the station at the time of the raid.

The police and soldiers also seized 44 items of materials that were vital to the operation of the station for inspection.

All were later brought to the CSD headquarters for questionings.

They were initially charged for breaching the military junta’s order for broadcasting contents detrimental to national security, and also operated the news channel without licence from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

They were later freed after each of them posted 20,000 baht in cash as bail.

For the two other persons, a DJ and a former national police chief, the military was coordinating with the CSD to issue warrants to summon them for questioning.

Thai PBS

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