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Freedom of speech takes a drubbing in Southeast Asia

Backsliding by Myanmar, media crackdowns elsewhere alarm local, global critics

Reporters hold a protest on June 30 calling on the Myanmar government and military authorities to release reporters who were arrested in Yangon.   © Reuters

YANGON/BANGKOK -- Southeast Asia has, in recent decades, enjoyed increasing democratization along with economic growth. But there has been significant backsliding of late on free speech rights in the region.

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