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Published: Tuesday May 20, 2014 MYT 11:30:02 AM
Updated: Tuesday May 20, 2014 MYT 11:31:30 AM

Thai army tells TV stations run by rival political groups to shut down

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's army said on Tuesday that 10 satellite television channels must stop broadcasting, including stations run by pro- and anti-govt groups, in order to "preserve peace and order".

The army declared martial law earlier on Tuesday to restore order after six months of anti-government protests.

"The army asks that satellite television channels stop broadcasting in order to prevent the distortion of news, which creates misunderstanding," the army said in a televised statement.

(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Alan Raybould and Simon Cameron-Moore)

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