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After Court Smackdown, Prayut Revokes Media Suppression Order

After getting a smackdown from the courts, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha formally revoked his recent dictate that banned the dissemination of any news that might frighten the public.

The revocation followed the Civil Court’s injunction suspending the imposition of the 29th regulation the prime minister had issued on July 29 by virtue of the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations.

The Royal Gazette quoted the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, which Gen Prayut chaired, as stating that the court’s injunction suspended the imposition of the 29th regulation and thus the regulation should be called off.

The regulation should be revoked although the court had not set a date to send any summons and any petition copy to concerned parties on the matter, the Royal Gazette read.

The ban on supposed “fake news” was seen as a thinly veiled ploy by a failing government to quash criticism of its botched coronavirus vaccine strategy.