Red-shirt TV faces month-long shutdown

The Commuincation Authority of Thailand (CAT) has revoked the broadcasting licence of a red-shirt TV station for 30 days for violating the junta’s laws. A key red-shirt leader said the shutdown was aimed to silence criticism against the August referendum.
On Monday, 4 July 2016, Pugdee Manaves, an National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) Deputy Secretary-General, said that the CAT made a majority decision to revoke the broadcasting licence of Peace TV, a TV station run by the red-shirt co-leaders, for 30 days for disseminating content instigating violence, in breach of junta orders. The suspension will last from 10 July until 10 August 2016. 
Weng Tojirakarn, a leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), aka the red-shirt movement, said that the decision clearly showed the junta’s intention to silence red-shirt voices in the run-up to the constitution draft referendum in August. (read the full story at Khaosod English)
story at Khaosod English)
Weng Tojirakarn (source: Matichon Online)

Since 2007, Prachatai English has been covering underreported issues in Thailand, especially about democratization and human rights, despite the risk and pressure from the law and the authorities. However, with only 2 full-time reporters and increasing annual operating costs, keeping our work going is a challenge. Your support will ensure we stay a professional media source and be able to expand our team to meet the challenges and deliver timely and in-depth reporting.

• Simple steps to support Prachatai English

1. Bank transfer to account “โครงการหนังสือพิมพ์อินเทอร์เน็ต ประชาไท” or “Prachatai Online Newspaper” 091-0-21689-4, Krungthai Bank

2. Or, Transfer money via Paypal, to e-mail address: [email protected], please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”