Comments by Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha that journalists who do not report the truth will probably be executed should not be taken too seriously, the country's Deputy Prime Minister told CNBC.
"He [is] military from the barracks. He is not used to provocative questions like me... sometimes he cannot control his emotions, but it's nothing that serious," Pridiyathorn Devakula told CNBC at the 18th annual Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong on Thursday.
On Wednesday, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, told reporters in Bangkok, that he will "probably just execute" any journalist who does not "report the truth", Reuters reported.
Prayut took power in a coup d'etat on May 2014 and has come under criticism for his record on human rights.