Sermsuk Kasitipradit, political and security editor of Thai PBS, was among four persons facing police interrogation, following their postings on social media which could disturb society, a senior police office said on Monday.
The other three are Dechatorn Tirapiriya, a Red Shirt leader in Chon Buri province, Warnuee Kamduangwong and a user under the pseudonym “Yo Onshine”.
Pol Maj Gen Pisit Pao-in, commander of the Technology Crime Suppression Division, said the four suspects posted messages via social media, saying they anticipated a coup and urged people to stock up on food and water in preparations for shortage.
Their statements could put people in a state of panic, he said.
Pisit said that they may have breached the Article 14 of the National Computer Act and Article 116 of the Criminal Law. If found guilty, they could be subject to up to five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of Bt100,000.
He said police were searching for the identities of two more persons under the names “The Lady” and “Joint Chief-of-Staff Team” who are also accused of posting inappropriate statements on social media.