NBTC bans Voice TV programme

NBTC bans Voice TV programme

Regulators have suspended for seven days a 30-minute evening news-analysis programme on Voice TV, the Shinawatra family-owned satellite channel.

The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission passed a resolution on Tuesday ordering the station to suspend The Daily Dose programme on the grounds that its content broadcast on Monday “created division in society and presented partial facts" which violate the 2014 NCPO Announcement No.97/2557.

The seven-day suspension will take effect once Voice TV receives an official notice from the NBTC. 

The programme on Monday said the conflicts in society resulted from a lack of judicial reform. The NBTC did not say which part of the programme it found breaching the order.

The show was broadcast on weekdays and hosted by ML Nattakorn Devakula, son of former Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula. 

The controversial No.97/2557 order exerted tight control on the media. One of the rules asks for cooperation from media personnel to refrain from disseminating information in a way that “criticises the work of the NCPO, its officials or related people. Failure to comply with these rules could result in suspension and revocation of their licences.  

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