Media urged to be cautious in news reporting to avoid causing confusion


BANGKOK, 15 September 2015  – The National Council for Peace and Order has urged members of the media to be cautious with their news reporting in order to avoid causing public confusion. 

Pol. Maj. Gen. Chayapol Chatchaidej, commander of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said in his statement broadcast on national television on Monday that police officers had over the weekend interrogated the suspects in connection with the deadly blasts in August and found some connection with another suspect whose name is Abudustar Abdulrahman or Izan.

Accordingly, the investigators have requested an arrest warrant for the new suspect for possession of firearms without a permit, Maj. Gen. Chayapol said.

Investigators have also searched two apartment rooms in Onnut and Vibhavadee areas, where they found some evidence believed to be relevant to the bomb attacks, while more people have been invited to a questioning session to help identify more suspects in this case.

He added that i Meanwhile, NCPO spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree said the Tourism Ministry is currently working with related agencies to offer additional financial compensation for the injured and relatives of the deceased caused by the deadly explosion.

Col. Winthai added that, as the investigation continues to uncover more details, members of the press should exercise utmost caution when reporting stories and avoid making analytic connections or trying to rule out the motives of the attacks in order not to cause public confusion and affect international relations.