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Thailand junta reactivates ‘cyber scout’ program to curb online dissent

By Thu, Aug 07, 2014 9:10AM UTC Pic: AP.

In late 2010, the Thai Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) launched the so-called ‘cyber scout’ program aimed to recruit students and young people to monitor online content that could be deemed potentially offensive, especially to Thailand’s monarchy. Now, the military junta is re-introducing the project.

Why has Thailand banned the Tropico 5 video game?

By Wed, Aug 06, 2014 7:59AM UTC A screenshot of the computer game "Tropico 5", a world-building game that puts you in charge of a banana republic. Thailand has banned this game for national security reasons. (Screenshot: Facebook/Kaylpso Media)

Ever since the military coup of May 22, 2014 the junta that is ruling Thailand has imposed strict censorship measures on the media and has shown repeatedly that it will not tolerate criticism.

Thailand’s censors ban Tropico 5 video game

By Tue, Aug 05, 2014 8:21AM UTC Soldiers on Bangkok streets during the May 22 coup. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — A video game distributor says Thailand’s film and video censors have banned a city-building simulation game for computers because it could hurt the country’s security.

China military allows foreign reporters at news conference

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:57PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image.

US voices concerns on media rights in Sri Lanka

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 11:15AM UTC Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States has urged the Sri Lankan government to protect the rights of journalists after a government-backed protest forced the cancelation of a training program for journalists.

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