BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have accused four individuals, including a journalist, of causing panic via social media as the Thai capital prepares for possible political protests this week.
Technology Crime Suppression division chief Police Maj. Gen. Pisit Paoin said Monday that the four posted Facebook entries with false information that could lead to unrest in the country. If found guilty, they could face up to five years in prison and a fine worth 100,000 baht ($3,200).
Among those summoned are the political editor of public television channel TPBS and a local pro-government protest leader.
The postings mentioned a possibility of a military coup and urged the public to hoard food and water.
Anti-government rallies have started in Bangkok as lawmakers are scheduled to deliberate a controversial bill on Wednesday.