‘It’s only a warning,’ Thai junta insists of controversial communication to media

The ruling Council for National Security (CNS) in Thailand is trying to soften a chilling message sent to the country’s media on January 10, saying a ‘request’ to stop airing news about ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his cronies was merely that. A request. At most, the CNS called it a ‘warning’. The Bangkokpost.com quotes the military leaders as assuring that the ‘CNS never wishes to control media. Still, the assurances come with some ambiguity. CNS spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said over an interview on Channel 3 that while ‘CNS is still willing to listen to critics…we just feel that it is inappropriate to listen to opinions of the old political party that was the cause of disunity and confusion in the country.’

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