Thai police said on Monday that they had ordered an investigation into four news outlets and restricted access to the messaging app Telegram under emergency measures.
"We received information from intelligence units concerned that parts of the content and distorted information have been used and disseminated to cause confusion and instigate causing unrest to society." - Kissana Phathanacharoen, police spokesman.
The announcement spurred anger from media groups and accusations that Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government was engaging in censorship.
According to a police document dated October 16, investigations have been ordered into content from four media outlets, as well as the Facebook page of a protest group.