Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha blamed the media for their excessive reporting of the grisly murder case of a bar girl and stressed the need of a law to rein in the media.

He said he didn't understand why the media had kept reporting on the murder case for three weeks in a row and were still doing so until now. He also noted that the media's over-coverage of the case would not benefit the society, especially the youth who could not judge which is right or wrong.

The prime minister went on saying that he had no intention to restrict freedom of the press, but noted that the media's coverage of the murder case made him rethink that a law would be needed to rein in the media.

He said that media organizations must be held accountable if they could not restrain their media outlets.

Meanwhile, Mr Sirinya Sitthichai, secretary-general of the Office of Narcotics Control Board, reiterated that one of the suspects in the murder of the bar girl in Khon Kaen, Ms Preeyanut Nonewangchai, was linked to a transnational drug trafficking gang and she might be responsible for the gang's financial affairs.

He declined to elaborate but said that Myanmar officials had been asked to look for another suspect, Thawatchai Omchompoo, who was believed to be hiding in Myanmar.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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