Voice TV pressured to pull pundits for rattling junta

Voice TV today pulled two well-known political commentators from programs it airs for 10 days beginning today under pressure from the military regime and telecommunications regulators.

An unnamed senior executive at the station offered to muzzle the two commentators to avoid harsher sanctions by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, a state agency granted special powers last month to censor the media, according to Commissioner Supinya Klangnarong.

The station’s news director took to Twitter to explain the rationale.

“We have to reduce the degree [of intensity] in order to survive under this special circumstances,” Prateep Kongsib, director of content and news Tweeted late Sunday night.


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