Red Power magazine seized

The Nonthaburi Provincial Governor led police to seize copies of Red Power magazine and halt the printing presses of a company hired to print the magazine.

According to ASTV-Manager, on 9 Sept, police used a search warrant from the Nonthaburi Provincial Court to conduct a search of the Golden Power Printing Co at Soi Ngamwongwan 27 in Nonthaburi, which had been hired to print Red Power magazine.

The police seized printed materials related to the magazine, and ordered the stoppage of 11 printing machines, which could not be moved but could be used to print other publications.  Copies of some books were also seized.  The police said that the company ran the printing business without permission, violating the Factory Act.

On the previous day, Nonthaburi Provincial Governor Wichean Phutthiwinyu, under the authority of the Emergency Decree, led a team of police and officials to search the company, and seized a quantity of unusable printed pages of Red Power magazine, employee records and other documents.  Some employees were investigated, and the company was ordered to stop printing the magazine.

Red Power magazine is owned by Somyos Phrueksakasemsuk, a red-shirt activist with the 24 June Democracy group.

On 31 Aug, CRES spokesperson Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd spoke to the press about certain print media which distorted information and affronted the monarchy, and he warned that they would be closed.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on 1 Sept that, ‘This is not media intimidation.  The CRES has discussed print media which claims to be mass media.  But its content is not normal information.  It incites hatred and anger among people, and aims to cause rifts.  So the CRES has considered this and ordered legal action against it.  I understand that it’s called Red Power or something.’


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