You need to consider the damage it does to the nation,” he said.
Asked by a reporter how he would shut down the media, Mr Prayuth replied: “Execution, perhaps? Don’t ask silly questions. The media only needs to be careful, and stick to ethics.”
“There is no sense that General Prayuth spoke in jest,” the expert said. “But even if he did, the idea that the killing of journalists – let alone the shutting down of media in light of criticism – can be a laughing matter is reprehensible.”