Illegal radio station in Chiang Mai raided and closed | radioinfo

Illegal radio station in Chiang Mai raided and closed

At the request of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, a combined government force on Thursday raided a radio station run by media activist Therdsak Jiamkijwattana in Muang district for allegedly disseminating information that could cause division in society.
The radio station was located in Mr Therdsak’s house in Raming Niwes Housing Estate in tambon Haiya. It was found to have been modified to accommodate the station called Wihok Radio 89.15 Mhz, which had been operated without a permit. Wattana Sinthorn, a senior NBTC official, said Mr Therdsak had disseminated video clips on YouTube, Facebook and other social media.
These video clips, produced and hosted by Mr Therdsak, contained images and stories attacking former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple with intent to spur division. Some of the video clips were claimed to be “inside” stories of the royal institution.
Regardless of whether the stories were true or false, they were inappropriate.
Apart from the radio station, a large signboard had been put up to indicate that Mr Therdsak’s house was also the office of the Northern Media Club of Thailand.
Thardsak is a leader of the Thai Journalists Association's northern branch and was for nearly two decades a print journalist at some of the country's best known Thai-language newspapers.
You’d think he’d know that it didn’t matter whether the stories were true or false – they were inappropriate!


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