Government 'cannot close TV stations'

The caretaker government is not authorised to shut down legal satellite television stations under the emergency decree, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC).

NBTC committee member Supinya Klangnarong was responding to growing concerns the recently established Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order, which is enforcing the decree, could claim it also has to control media outlets.

Protesters are worried the authorities will use the emergency decree as a tool to shut down BlueSky TV, the satellite channel that is the mouthpiece of the protesters.

Only the NBTC has power to act against unlicensed satellite TV, Ms Supinya said.

The centre may ask the NBTC to shut down satellite TV channels, but the NBTC would have to make the decision, she said.

A law allows the broadcasting and telecommunication regulator to exercise its power independently from the government, she said.

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Discussion 1 : 23/01/2014 at 12:57 PM
Maybe they should ask for help from the protestors they seem to have no trouble shutting down things.
Discussion 2 : 23/01/2014 at 10:21 AM
No body has mentioned the shutting down of the red shirt channel Strange?
Discussion 3 : 23/01/2014 at 09:50 AM
What can a government do in this country? I read only that it cant do this and this and this. But get the blame for everything. It seems that a PT government is always in a catch 22 situation.
Discussion 4 : 23/01/2014 at 09:48 AM
The government don't know what they are doing.

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