Thai army tells TV stations run by rival political groups to shut down

by Reuters
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:19 GMT

BANGKOK, May 20 (Reuters) - Thailand's army said on Tuesday that 10 satellite television channels must stop broadcasting, including stations run by pro- and anti-govt groups, in order to "preserve peace and order".

The army declared martial law earlier on Tuesday to restore order after six months of anti-government protests.

"The army asks that satellite television channels stop broadcasting in order to prevent the distortion of news, which creates misunderstanding," the army said in a televised statement. (Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Alan Raybould and Simon Cameron-Moore)