Thai deputy PM: Threat to execute journalists ‘not serious’

U.S. ‘troubled’ by Thai leader’s threat to execute journalists – Reuters, March 26, 2015
…He may have meant the comments in jest, but according to journalists present, he delivered them without a smile. Last month Prayuth said he had the power to shut down news outlets.
“We are of course troubled by reports that General Prayuth said that he would ‘execute’ journalists who do not report the ‘truth,'” a representative of the U.S. State Department said.
“We sincerely hope that this threat was not a serious one … Statements like this, even if not serious, contribute to an atmosphere where … freedoms are suppressed…”

Thai deputy PM: Journalists threat ‘not serious’ – NBC, March 25, 2015
…”He [is] military from the barracks. He is not used to provocative questions like me… sometimes he cannot control his emotions, but it’s nothing that serious,” Pridiyathorn Devakula told CNBC at the 18th annual Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong on Thursday…

Thai junta targets dissent with visits to student activist homes – Reuters, March 26, 2015
Plainclothes police and military officers have visited the homes of at least 20 student protesters across Thailand in the past week, activists said, in the toughest response to dissent since the days after last year’s coup that ushered in army rule.
Amid signs of simmering dissatisfaction with the leadership of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in May, the military junta appears to be running out of patience…

The pen and the sword – The Economist, March 27, 2015
Ten months after seizing power in a coup, Thailand’s junta chafes at still having to defend its record…

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