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Voice TV suspended for 15 days for airing ‘provocative’ content

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) issued an administrative order suspending the operation of digital TV broadcaster Voice TV for 15 days for allegedly airing provocative content.

NBTC commissioner Lt-General Perapong Manakit said Monday that the order would take effect from midnight today.

The order was sent to Voice TV later in the day.

Though declining to specify details of the “provocative” content, he just said that the content in question was aired on the Tonight Thailand programme on December 16, as well as on Wakeup News on January 21, 28, 29 and on February 4.

Perapong also insisted that the NBTC had not been ordered by anybody to issue the order against Voice TV and that the regulator treated all broadcasters fairly.

The suspension was ordered on the basis of certain articles of the Broadcasting Act of 2551, including Article 37. Article 37 bans the airing of content deemed to affect national security or peace and the morale of the people.

Published : February 12, 2019

By : Sirivish Toomgum The Nation