SEAPA: Litmus test for Thailand’s military council — Leave the press alone

Here is an op-ed piece from SEAPA, as published on September 23 by The Nation. The article argues that if the Thai media is the canary in the mines, recent efforts to curtail freedom of expression and to limit Thais’ access to information are clear indicators that not all is well with the military’s avowed move to “restore democracy”. Thais seem happy to give the soldiers who deposed former PM Thaksin Shinawatra the benefit of the doubt,  SEAPA acknowledges, but it stresses that the real “litmus test” to see the ultimate nature of the coup is whether or not the military can keep its hands off the press.


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