The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) is to invite editors of selected media to discuss and make clear that their reports should not provoke unrest, the CMPO's secretary Paradorn Pattanatabut said Wednesday.
He did not reveal which media would be invited. His statement came a day after the government announced a state of an emergency in Bangkok and the surrounding areas to deal with the ongoing antigovernment protests led by former Democrat MP Suthep Thaugsuban.
The order, which took effective today, will remain in force for two months. Paradorn dismissed reports that the centre will use the authority granted to it under the emergency decree to shut down the media, saying the invitation has nothing to do with blocking the press. “We should have a similar understanding that news reports are not a source of provocation and instigation that could lead to chaos and unrest,” he said. The media should not worry if they stuck to reporting the facts, he added. Asked whether he will invite Blue Sky Channel, which is affiliated to Democrat Party, Paradorn said he had already conveyed the message but if there were inappropriate news reports, its editors would also be invited.