Academics slam Army's alleged 'Information Operation'
Two exiled academics Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Somsak Jeamteerasakul criticised the recent information operation (IO) allegedly conducted by the Army to deal with the pro-democracy online movement.
On Saturday Pavin, who currently lives in Japan, posted on his Facebook page that he had received Power Point slides explaining the IO on social media in Thailand. The academic said that the operation was controlled by a high-ranking soldier, and the IO was "too cheap".
Pavin published pictures of the slides in his post. The slides mainly informed about a chain of command and the duty of each operation team.
On the same day, Somsak posted on his Facebook page a photo of an online chatroom captured from a phone. The photo showed a person ordering his/her subordinates to comment below a social media channel of a pro-democracy actress. The same person also orders his/her crew to like a comment posted below a photo of political critic Sulak Sivaraksa, which was published in a news fanpage.
Somsak captioned that the Thai government was in need of reform. One thing that must be completely removed is the agencies in charge of the IO, he said.