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Turbulent Thailand

Prayuth's media gag order raises doubts on regard for constitution

Thai court issues injunction against broad approach denounced by academics, media

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha repealed a media gag order on Monday after the Civil Court of Bangkok issued a temporary injunction to block the order.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A short-lived media gag order steamrolled by Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has raised skepticism among Thais over his government's respect for the constitution.

Prayuth repealed the order on Monday, according to the government's public journal, the Royal Gazette, on Tuesday. The withdrawal came shortly after the Civil Court of Bangkok issued a temporary injunction on Aug. 6 to block the order, which only had gone into effect on July 30.

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