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Channel 3 is facing mounting pressure from a constitution protection group to air the final episode of controversial soap opera Nua Mek 2. 

Fans were shocked when the heavily promoted Nua Mek 2 suddenly disappeared from the programme schedule on Friday night, a move which sparked a political melodrama. The Thai Constitution Protection Association said it will petition the Central Administrative Court today to instruct the Consumers Protection Board (CPB) and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to order privately owned Channel 3 to air the episode.Association secretary-general Srisuwan Janya said his agency would also ask the court to revoke the broadcast concession granted to Channel 3 for violating consumers' constitutional rights.The activist said Channel 3 had violated consumers' rights and the constitution for its decision to abruptly cancel the political drama Nua Mek 2 on Friday night.The station's action drew heavy criticism from many viewers who believed there might have been political interference.Mr Srisuwan said he believed the content of the series did not breach any section of the Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations Act. Channel 3 claimed the content was inappropriate as it breached Section 37 of the act.Section 37 prohibits radio and TV content deemed detrimentalto the monarchy, national stability or public morality.Nua Mek 2 tells the story of a prime minister, his crooked deputy who is involved in a dubious satellite project and a sorcerer who performs black magic rites to manipulate political events.Mr Srisuwan alleged that Channel 3's action had infringed on the...

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