Thai journalist gets little sympathy from public after spreading Coup Rumor on Social Network

Social Media Outposts

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Four people, including the political and security editor of the public TV Channel, TPBS, will be summoned for posting statements about an impending Coup on social media which could lead to anxiety among the general public, a senior police officer said today. On social-network, there were few outraged after CPJ and the Thai press association issue a statement on the journalist and freedom of expression. Most neutral observer says Thay journalist have spread so many “Fake News” onto the Thai society, they wished journalist act responsibly. TPBS is known in Thailand as a Fascist Yellow Shirts tinted media. Pol Maj Gen Pisit Pao-in, commander of the Technology Crime Suppression Division, said the four suspects posted messages via social media, saying they anticipated a coup and urged people to stock up on food and water in preparations for shortage. Their statements could put people in a state of panic, he said. The four included Sermsuk Kasitipradit, political and security editor of Thai Public Broadcast Service (Thai PBS), Dechatorn Tirapiriya, a Red Shirt leader in Chonburi province, Warnuee Kamduangwong and a user under the pseudonym “Yo Onshine”. Pol Maj Gen Pisit said police investigations found that the four suspects posted the statements by themselves and their behaviour was a breach of Article 14 of the National Computer Act and Article 116 of the Criminal Law. If found guilty, they could be subject to up to five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of Bt100,000. He said police were searching for the identities of two more persons under the names “The Lady” and “Joint Chief-of-Staff Team” who are also accused of posting inappropriate statements on social media. (Source)

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