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Thai Defamation Case Seen as Media Freedom Litmus Test

In Thailand, a criminal defamation case brought by the Royal Thai Navy against an Australian publisher and a Thai reporter is again highlighting the military government’s clampdown on the news media.   Australian publisher Alan Morison and Thai reporter Chutima Sidasathian face up to seven years in prison for charges related to a June 2013 news article published on their online news service Phuketwan.   The story published excerpts from a Reuters news agency report that exposed...

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