Thai PM says using Facebook Live to air political views may be ‘unlawful’
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Thai PM says using Facebook Live to air political views may be ‘unlawful’

THOSE who use the Facebook Live streaming feature to air their political views on the social networking site risk breaking the law, Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha warned.

Reminding critics not to openly debate the country’s proposed draft charter online, the junta leader said he already sent warnings to several dissidents, including People’s Democratic Reform Council (PDRC) Foundation chairman Suthep Thaugsuban and United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) leader Jatuporn Prompan, according to Coconuts Bangkok.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said the Election Commission plans to hold a televised debate between PDRC and UDD. The debate will be aired on various television stations to avoid confrontation and conflicts.

Authorities have arrested and jailed dozens of politicians and activists who called for a rejection of the draft charter. Under the Referendum Act, campaigning for or against the draft constitution is forbidden.

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On Monday, Prayuth said he will not step down if the nation votes against the draft charter in the August 7 referendum.

Leaders of Thailand’s Pheu Thai party, whose government was deposed by a military coup in May 2014, had suggested he should resign if the draft constitution did not pass.

The draft of the proposed constitution is the second to be drawn up during Prayuth’s tenure. In September last year, the National Legislative Assembly voted against the first draft.