The government is defending its decision to shut down the red shirts' People Channel, claiming the satellite television station had distorted information and affected national security.Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, in a televised broadcast yesterday, said the channel aired disinformation so people would turn on the government. This endangered national security.
PTV broadcast red shirt co-leaders' speeches on stage. Mr Abhisit said the leaders falsely claimed the government was using weapons to suppress protesters.
"This totally contradicts the government's objective, which is to restore peace and order," he said.
"We don't want to inflict any wound or cause the smallest damage."
PTV has covered the red shirt rallies at Phan Fa Bridge and Ratchaprasong intersection.
Prime Minister's Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey said the red shirts had provoked hatred of the government.
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship had also doctored video and audio material to discredit the government, he said.