PM wants press to reduce coverage of Thaksin

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha today appealed to the Press to refrain from publishing the photos featuring former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra taken from the social media saying that the latter is a fugitive.

Apparently annoyed by a reporter’s question who asked him about press reports of Thaksin’s recent movements, the prime minister suggested that the press refrain from reporting on the fugitive’s activities or publishing his pictures.

“He is a fugitive, why report about him? If you stop reporting about him,  then it is done,” said the prime minister, adding that he would like to seek cooperation from the media to reduce their coverage of Thaksin.

General Prayut noted in most countries there are certain restrictions of press freedom which is a different case in Thailand where the media feel that they have full freedom of expression.

He said he didn’t want to impose restrictions on the media but hoped that the media understood what he said.

He also warned both the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee to not mobilize their supporters to show up in support or oppose the imminent impeachment processs against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra saying that the move is against the law and the government would deal with it in accordance with the law.

(Photo : Thai PBS File)