Thai PBS YouTube Channel Taken Over by Military

 | Fri 23 May 2014 14:45 ICT

CityNews After Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS) was ordered by the military to stop broadcasting on television (along with all the rest of the television stations), TPBS deputy director Wanchai Tantiwitthayaphithak opted to take to the internet to continue PBS news broadcasts on YouTube.

Thai PBS control room just before the arrest

Last night, soldiers were sent to the TPBS control room to present an order from the Thai junta, or National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC), to stop broadcasting news via YouTube. Deputy director Wanchai was arrested.

Wanchai was released two hours later. Im safe and on my way home. Thanks everyone for your concern,Wanchai wrote on his Facebook page.

The Thai PBS YouTube channel, like the television channel, has now been taken over by the military.

See the YouTube clip of the arrest here.