NCPO defends media control order

The military regime came out on Saturday to calm down concern of journalists over its new directive on the press.

Coup spokesman Winthai Suwaree said the National Council for Peace and Order added no new measures in an attempt to seek ''cooperation'' from the media in the announcement issued on Friday night.

The latest announcement combined the directives outlined in its No. 14 and 18 announcements to make it more concise and cover individuals, Col Winthai added.

The council did not expect more from the media after it had received good cooperation, he added.

The 14th announcement warns the mainstream media that they must avoid reports inciting conflicts and interviews of persons with comments that could cause problems and confusion among the public. The 18th announcement deals with the dissemination of information, mainly targeted at online and social media. The two announcements were scrapped with the effect of the one announced on Friday.

The council reaction followed the concern expressed by the Thai Journalists Association about the order which could hamper the right to access information of the public.

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