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Press council prepares to investigate ASTV magazine

The National Press Council of Thailand (NPCT) has assigned a sub-panel to look into the work of ASTV Manager Weekend magazine after it allegedly published a false information about the junta, the council's chairman Chakkrish Permpool said yesterday.

On Saturday, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) slammed the magazine for allegedly publishing an article that cast NCPO chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha in a bad light. The NCPO later called on the Press Council to investigate the magazine's moves, Chakkrish said.

The NPCT sub-panel has decided to give the magazine's editor a chance to defend the articles before it reports to the NCPO in 30 days. The NCPO will then have 20 days to make a decision.

If the magazine is found guilty, then it will need to publish the council's report as well as an official apology to the NCPO within seven days.


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