Thai Junta orders 12 sat-channels ‘renamed’
August 8, 2014
By Chris Forrester
Back in May the Thailand interim government ordered hundreds of satellite channels off the air. The nation’s National Council for Peace & Order slowly allowed most of them to restart retransmissions, but 12 allegedly “politically leaning satellite channels” are still banned.
Now, the National Council says the banned channels must be renamed and their content restructured to avoid dissemination of information that would “confuse people” or “cause or widen conflicts” said a report quoting Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission.
BBC Monitoring is saying that the channels in question are: MV5, DNN, UDD, Asia Update, P and P, 4 Channel, Bluesky, FMTV, ASTV, Hot TV, Rescue, and a station operated by the Students’ and People’s Network for Thailand’s Reform.
A meeting in Bangkok between the channels and the NBTC resulting in sources saying that the broadcasters had to submit new plans for approval by the NBTC. Meanwhikle the channels will not be permitted to broadcast.