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PM Prayut orders action against COVID-19 fake news

PM Prayut orders action against COVID-19 fake news

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered responsible agencies, via his @prayutofficial Facebook page, to take action against individuals spreading fake news about COVID-19, which might cause public confusion during the pandemic.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Thursday 29 July 2021, 06:19PM

PM Prayut has ordered officials to take action against found spreading fake news about the COVID-19 situation in Thailand. Photo: NNT

PM Prayut has ordered officials to take action against found spreading fake news about the COVID-19 situation in Thailand. Photo: NNT

His post came in response to social media rumors that Bangkok’s Bang Sue vaccination center would be shut down to prevent overcrowding, reports state news agency NNT.

The Prime Minister said each ministry must establish a task force to check and correct fake news related to their areas of responsibility.

The government’s Anti-Fake News Centre must check and verify the information and announce on their website, within 24 hours, that they are aware of the news or that a public inquiry has been submitted, he wrote.

PM Prayut added that the Government Public Relations Department, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and spokespersons for all ministries must notify the public of this verified information via all available channels, to ensure comprehensive coverage.

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Capricornball | 31 July 2021 - 18:58:08

I think that maybe when the government orders action against "COVID-19 fake news", it is once again the tactic of shooting the messenger.  Thai people know better than to trust everything coming across the government airwaves, and so does Kurt...and does JohnC.

Capricornball | 31 July 2021 - 18:52:30

@JohnC cont'd - are directly related to corrupt government and impotent police force. The gov't has bungled the Covid show, and continues to chase their tails as to what to do next. The RTP has so poorly managed everything under their purview (including screening of incoming disease bags) that the Army needed to be called in. I bet Kurt likes Thailand and Thai people just as much as you an...

Capricornball | 31 July 2021 - 18:45:32

@JohnC-So you go off on Kurt for calling out the corruption and dishonesty in government and the power elite, which together dashes all hope for the average Thai. Then you go off on the "untrustworthy" government. We all like Thailand a lot, that is why we choose to take up residence here. Yet nearly all of the bad actions that many of us complain about are directly related to corrupt go...

JohnC | 31 July 2021 - 09:13:52

Hate to say it but it is very unclear whether what we hear from the government is actually the truth or not. Let's face it, their record so far on telling the true facts is not good. And I'm not talking just about the covid crisis.

JohnC | 31 July 2021 - 09:10:15

The serial whinger is at it again. Why are you even in this country if ALL you ever do is complain about it and the Thai people? They should all get together and kick you out of the country for good. Remember, you are just a guest here.

Kurt | 30 July 2021 - 09:35:40

This rich elite, old age army guys, Sino-thai Hiso's + their flock in parliament/senate, this small percentage who own all the wealth in Thailand, are still not able to understand that they are living in cyber times now. All their doings are daily under the magnify glasses of younger generations. Nothing can be hide permanent anymore. The truth has longer legs than the 'misunderstanding...

Kurt | 30 July 2021 - 00:59:47

PM Prayut should have explained what is really going on with Bangkok's vaccination center in order to correct the fake(?) info. Not make use of situation. Just in panic slapping around with use of undemocratic measures doesn't contribute anything. How often read the public about 'fake' Government news, and when it comes out not to be true, it is sudden just a 'misunderstanding&...

Kurt | 30 July 2021 - 00:00:02

... with risk spreading Delta virus. Is true. That idiot initiative "Bring infected Phuket people home", transporting them 900km from hotspot BKK to Phuket is quarantine rules wise the most stupid thing you can do. Is true. Would be nice if mr Prayut gives samples of fake news he likes to fight now. Today CNN was reporting about the Covid-19 handling in Thailand. Not very comforting.

Kurt | 29 July 2021 - 23:50:07

What is possible to spread fake about Covid-19? Only 5% of population is now vaccinated, is true. Thailand did start vaccination to late, is true. Ordered amounts vaccines to little, is true. Hospitals are overwhelmed with Covid patients, is true. To long domestic holiday travel was encouraged, is true. From Covid hotspot BKK are people allowed to travel home provinces with risk spreading ...


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