Court allows Peace TV to continue its operations

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The Administrative Court has decided to allow Peace TV to go on air after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission resolved on June 4 to suspend the operating license of the TV station for 30 days starting on July 10.

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The court on Wednesday heard testimonies from Dr Weng Tochirakarn, a moderator and news anchor of Peace TV, and from NBTC deputy secretary-general Sombat Leelapata over a petition from Peace TV protesting the NBTC’s suspension order.

During the hearing, judge Suchart Sriworakorn read to the two opposing parties the Supreme Administrative Court’s ruling on dated May 26 upholding the Central Administrative Court’s injunction allowing Peace TV to carry on with its broadcasts.

The Administrative Court noted that the Central Administrative Court’s injuction remains valid and, if the NBTC felt that Peace TV did anything wrong not in line with the terms set by the court, the commission should have take the case to the court about whether the injunction should be withdrawn or not.

NBTC deputy secretary-general Sombat told the court the commission had not issued an order to suspend Peace TV’s operations although it resolved to suspend the broadcast for a month.

As a result of the court’s ruling, Dr Weng said Peace TV would resume its broadcasts. He also thanked the court for its fair ruling.