Peace TV petitions Administrative Court to thwart suspension order

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Peace TV on Thursday sought help from the Administrative Court to thwart an order from the National Broadcasting Commission to pull the plug of the TV station for 30 days starting as of midnight Thursday night.

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The TV station which is the mouthpiece of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship wants the court to hold an emergency meeting to consider the station’s request to put on hold the NBC’s blackout order. It also demanded 6.3 million baht in compensation from the NBC.

Peace TV’s petition was handed over to the court by UDD chairman Jatuporn Promphan, UDD core member Weng Tochirakan and Mr Anantasak Kamgao, a director of the TV station.

Jatuporn said Peace TV was suspended from airing for 30 days because it allowed opponents of the draft charter to present their views through their TV station. He also accused the NBC of abusing its authority, claiming that Peace TV’s broadcasts did not contravene with NCPO orders 97/2557 and 137/2557 and Section 37 of the broadcasting law B.E. 2551.

However, the NBC ruled that the broadcasts in question went against NCPO order 41/57.