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Journalists concerned about junta's move to clamp down

THE THAI Journalists Association (TJA) expressed concern Saturday at the ruling junta's order issued on Friday night barring all media from criticising its work.

The TJA warned that the order could lead to violations of people's right to be informed and would risk putting too much censorship power into the hands of the person in charge of censorship.

The association said many media organisations were already exercising restraint in order to ensure that their reports and analysis do not fan political conflict.

TJA said it was unclear what the effect would be if the military acted on its threat to shut down a media outlet if it fails to follow the order of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). The association said it would hold a meeting next week to mete out a more concrete response to the junta's order, which was issued late on Friday night.


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