Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday urged the media to avoid reporting the moves of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying he is a fugitive on the run from lawsuits.
He said the reports of Thaksin's moves could cause his supporters to continue their political moves.
Some newspapers and TV stations have been reporting Thaksin's visit to China along with his sister, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
"The media should not publish pictures of anyone who has violated the law. Why have they reported it?" Prayut said.
"If someone is facing lawsuits, the media should avoid reporting anything about him because when they do, questions arise as to why the government would not take action against him."