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Junta issues order to gag media's criticisms

Jul 19. 2014
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By The Nation

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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has tightened the control over the media, threatening to shut down and take legal actions against the media that disseminate content prohibited by the junta.

The announcement, which prohibits criticism of the NCPO's operations, NCPO members and related offiicals, covers print, broadcast, electronic and online media.

According to the Announcement Number 97 released on Friday night, the NCPO also prohibits interview of scholars, former government officials or former employees of courts, judicial offices and independent organisations if they give opinions in a manner that may cause or worsen conflicts, distort information, confuse society or lead to the use of violence.

Furthermore, the NCPO prohibits dissemination of false information or state confidential information in any form. The order also prohibits publicity of Information that is deemed an insult to the monarchy or any person, a threat to national security and incitement to use violence that can cause fear, as well as mobilisation of people for an anti-NCPO activity.

The NCPO’s announcement also requires the media to disseminate information issued by the NCPO.

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