BANGKOK -Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha warned Monday that anyone who badmouths against the government or the National Council for Peace and Order will be summoned for “attitude adjustment.”
Commenting of Mr Wattana Muangsook who claimed he was assaulted by a man who was believed to be a military personnel but he refused to take the case to the police because it would be pointless anyway, the prime minister retorted saying whether the core member of the Pheu Thai party had offended anyone or not.
He said he doubted the credibility of Mr Wattana and asked the media not to pay him attention.
Asked about Pheu Thai secretary-general Phumtham Wechayachai and Nation’s senior reporter Prawit Rojanapruek who were summoned by the military for “attitude adjustment”, the prime minister asked the media to tell them to stop badmouthing the government or the NCPO.
“Today, the country is moving forward. Why the criticisms? They should look at themselves what they had done in all those years. There are still many poor people – many in desperation. They all played politics and they should play politics later on,” said the prime minister.
Meanwhile, The Thai Journalists Association has urged the government and the National Council for Peace and Order to clarify the detention of a senior reporter of Nation newspaper reportedly for attitude adjustment.
TJA vice president and spokesman Manop Thip-osot called on the First Army Region to explain the reason why and where the reporter, Prawit Rojanapruek, was detained. The reporter, he said, was not allowed to bring with him his smartphone and, therefore, his whereabouts were unknown.
Even though the junta can invoke Section 44 of the interim charter to detain any individuals as it thinks fit, Manop said that the junta must exercise caution especially against members of the media who, in their performance of duty, should be free in making criticism of the government or the junta.
Detaining the report without informing him of the charges against him does not bode well for press freedom and basic rights in Thailand under the current administration, said the TJA vice president. – Thai PBS
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