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Thailand’s Media Protests Law to Regulate Press

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Thai actors Lalita Panyopas, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk and Pornwut Sarasin

Thai actors Lalita Panyopas, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk and Pornwut Sarasin, stars of the 2007 film Ploy, talk to the press at the Thai press preview in CentralWorld, Bangkok. Photo: Wisekwai.

BANGKOK — A government bid to regulate the media by requiring every journalist nationwide to be licensed is closer to becoming reality as press associations sound the alarm it is a vehicle for censorship.

At least 20 media associations will gather Sunday to protest a law billed as meant to protect press freedoms and promote ethical standards but open the door for government intervention and rolling back decades hard-won press freedoms.

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By Sasiwan Mokkhasen

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