Thaksin thanks Gen. Prayuth for shutting down ASTV


From Manager, June 8, 2014
Thaksin Shinawatra: I’ve tried to shut down this TV channel, but never succeeded… Thanks Prayuth! [Gen. Prayuth, head of the junta]
[ASTV is a TV station that began aggressively attacking Thaskin when he was prime minister. This was during a time when reporters who reported negatively about the prime minster found themselves on lists to be investigated for money laundering. Media outlets critical of the PM found advertising revenue drying up and others were the subjects of takeover attempts by Thaksin business cronies. Despite attempts to muzzle ASTV, it was never forced off the air. The coup, ironically, knocked the station off the air since it was designated by the military as a channel that broadcast biased political views. The joke in the cartoon is that Thaksin appreciated this result as ASTV hounded him during and after his time as prime minister.]

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