The military junta already has pretty extensive control of the media. With planning for an “election” victory by the junta, however, it seems to feel the need to have even more control.
The Bangkok Post reports that junta spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd “has been appointed acting director-general of the Public Relations Department (PRD).”
So desperate was the desire to appoint this junta flunkey that The Dictator used Article 44 of the interim constitution to slam through the appointment, outside all of the normal regulations and rules.
The political reasons for the appointment, stated in the decree, were clear. The appointment of a military hack was for “the benefits in mobilising the public relations works of state agencies, of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) [the junta] and of the government [the junta and a couple of others], especially the administration of national public relations plans during the transition period for reform…”.
Sansern has been favored by the dictatorship for his loyalty and service in repeatedly concocting and repeating lies for the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime during the military’s murderous actions against red shirts in 2010. He loyally stuck to the military’s stories about that crackdown before inquiries and courts. He was promoted for that.
He was promoted again recently for his loyalty to The Dictator and the junta.
Now The Dictator has rewarded Sansern again with a plum job. At the same time, the junta expects him to coordinate the state’s media and propaganda arms for the junta’s planned “election” victory.