Thailand’s army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, declared a coup today (Thursday, May 22), and detained key party leaders while suspending the constitution in “a bid to restore order” after nearly six months of ant-government protests.
General Prayuth Chan-ocha has also ordered all domestic TV and radio outlets to halt normal broadcasting and only include content the military provides until further notice. Only yesterday, a group of Thai media bodies accused the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) of violating the constitution when the POMC banned 14 satellite TV outlets. Now that the constitution is suspended, I suppose it is no longer an obstacle.
I’m curious if Radio Thailand will be on the air today–if so, I assume broadcasts will contain military sanctioned content. I would encourage you to tune to Radio Thailand and, if possible, even record a broadcast to archive if they are indeed on the air.
The following is Radio Thailand‘s English broadcast schedule per Shortwave.am:
- 9390 kHz, 1230-1300 UTC, Target: Oceania
- 9390 kHz, 1400-1430 UTC, Target: Oceania
- 9390 kHz, 1900-2000 UTC, Target: Europe
- 9390 kHz, 2030-2045 UTC, Target: Europe
- 15590 kHz, 0000-0030 UTC, Target: Eastern North America
- 15590 kHz, 0030-0100 UTC, Target: Western North America
- 15590 kHz, 0200-0230 UTC, Target: Eastern North America
- 17640 kHz, 0530-0600 UTC, Target: Europe
Thailand is no stranger to full-blown military coups; this is their twelfth since 1932. I’ll be following this story closely as events unfold.