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Thai junta cracks down harder on free speech

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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks to the media after riding his bicycle before a cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Sept. 15.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Despite criticism from the international community, Thailand's military government appears to be stepping up its clampdown on its critics, detaining journalists as well as politicians sympathetic to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Monitoring of the Internet is also a high priority. As the military administration comes in for increasing criticism for delaying a return to civilian rule, it appears to be seeking to prevent any gains by opposition forces.  

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