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NBTC shuts down 3,000 radio stations

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has shut down 3,000 unlicensed community radio stations in line with the martial law yesterday.

Under the law, the Army ordered some TV and illegal radio stations to stop broadcasting out of a concern that they may spread false information.

Takorn Tantasith, NBTC's secretary-general, said the commission and the Army have jointly shut down 2,000 stations that had not been granted a licence and 1,000 new ones.

The Army yesterday also ordered at least 11 cable and satellite TV stations to stop broadcasting, pending further notice. The Army also said the networks had to cease work in order to maintain law and order.

The channels include the anti-government BlueSky and pro-government Asia Update, while the networks shut down are ASTV, MV5, DNN, Asia Update, BlueSky, UDD, P&P, FourChannel, MFTV and Tnews.

As some of these channels are still posting content on their websites, the NBTC will have licensed Internet service providers to take down these sites.


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