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'Amarin Newsnight' ends under climate of coup

Well-known television host Pinyo Traisuriyathamma clarified yesterday that he had indeed decided to suspend his week-old evening news show due to the climate of pressure following the military coup.

In a post on his Facebook page on Monday, Pinyo said his decision to stop producing "Amarin Newsnight" was due to the climate under military junta.

"The coup has changed internal and external situations," Pinyo's post read. "In order to maintain our standpoint and the principle of our profession I would like to end 'Amarin Newsnight' as of now."

Pinyo, who was a popular TV host at Thai PBS earlier, had spent barely a week hosting "Amarin Newsnight" before deciding to pull the plug.

"We have prepared for months, and though it was on air for just a week, I and my team are proud to introduce a new dimension in evening news programming that could be proudly aired in the climate of a coup d'etat. Although there are clouds in the sky today, I have faith in young men and women to become shining stars when the sky is cleared. Until then."

On the print media front, the editor of the left-wing Fah Diew Kan (Same Sky) magazine issued a statement yesterday, saying the quarterly publication will be postponed due to concerns about pressure on its business partners as a result of the May 22 coup.

"Fah Diew Kan magazine has been closely monitored, creating a climate of fear among all groups involved in the production process," editor Thanapol Eiwsakul wrote in a recent statement.

On Twitter, a rather well-known anti-coup tweeter, operating under the name @JJ_Sathorn or Jaran Ampornklinkaew, was summoned by the National Council for Peace and Order on Monday and has since deleted all the tweets he had made over the years.


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