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Thai junta to media: Criticize us and we will shut you down

By Sun, Jul 20, 2014 7:05AM UTC Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a press conference. Pic: AP.

The junta issued a new edict on Friday. Below is summarized translation (full Thai in parenthesis and mostly complete translation, but just too long in parts for 100% complete and full translation): Announcement of the National Council for Peace and Order No. 97/2557 (ประกาศคณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ ฉบับที่ 97/2557) Subject: Cooperating together in

5 Burma journalists jailed 10 years

By Thu, Jul 10, 2014 7:26PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Four reporters and the chief executive officer of a magazine in Burma have been sentenced to 10 years at hard labor in prison on a national security charge for investigative stories about a weapons factory. All five men from the Yangon-based Unity journal were sentenced by

Sri Lanka bans NGO news conferences, releases

By Wed, Jul 09, 2014 6:33PM UTC Sri Lankan national flag. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has banned civil activist groups from holding news conferences and training for journalists, with the organizations rejecting the move as unconstitutional.

China importer scraps plan to sell Hillary Clinton memoir

By Mon, Jun 30, 2014 2:52PM UTC Hillary Rodham Clinton. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A book importer in China says it won’t distribute Hillary Clinton’s memoir “Hard Choices” due to sensitive content. An employee at Shanghai Book Traders’ main office said Monday that it had canceled plans to distribute the book after discovering the content.

The increased political risk of Thailand’s Facebook block

By Mon, Jun 30, 2014 12:00PM UTC Pic: AP.

The background is that on May 28 Facebook was unavailable in Thailand for around one hour. This was claimed to be because of technical issues and not that it was specifically blocked, but then mysteriously Facebook was then available again for all.  Most people fell into line and modified previous statements to follow

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