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Thai army orders all radio and TV to suspend normal programmes

Thailand's military on Thursday ordered all television and radio stations to suspend their usual programmes and show only the army's broadcasts in the wake of a coup.

BANGKOK: Thailand's military on Thursday ordered all television and radio stations to suspend their usual programmes and show only the army's broadcasts in the wake of a coup.

The step was taken to ensure the release of "accurate news to the people," an army spokesman said in a televised announcement.

All television channels in the Southeast Asian kingdom including foreign broadcasters such as CNN, BBC, and CNBC ran a constant military feed featuring a succession of brief announcements related to the government takeover.

Between the bulletins, a static screen was shown depicting the emblems of the various branches of Thailand's armed forces, as patriotic Thai songs played.

Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement in a televised address to the nation, saying the powerful armed forces had to act to restore stability after nearly seven months of political rallies in the capital Bangkok.

Rumours of an imminent coup had gripped Thailand since Tuesday, when Prayuth declared martial law, saying he had acted to prevent deadly political tensions spiralling out of control.

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