‘Stop using fake news as an excuse to control public’

Six key Thai media organisations are demanding that the government stop controlling people’s freedom of speech under the authority of the emergency decree.

The demand was issued yesterday after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced via Facebook on Tuesday that serious steps would be taken to deal with “fake news”.

The government has threatened to invoke Article 9 of the Emergency decree, where strict action will be taken against people spreading false information or fake news to cause fear or shake the state’s stability.

However, the media organisations said this announcement aimed to limit the freedom and rights of people and the press.

It added that branding reports as “fake news” was merely an excuse for the authorities and called on those in the press to demand that the government stop using this excuse to control the public. — The Nation/ANN

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