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Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 13:20 GMT
Press watchdogs slam Thai PM
Two international media watchdogs have protested to the Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, over his treatment of the media.

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists said the decision to stop a radio station using news material from one of the country's few independent media companies was the latest in a series of moves designed to stifle press freedom.

The Paris-based Reporters without Borders has also urged Mr Thaksin to reverse this decision.

The independent Nation multimedia group at the centre of the furore has announced it is halting all political coverage until it can operate free of government censorship.

An editorial in The Nation newspaper said freedom of speech was being limited to those willing to admire the emperor's clothes.

The Thai Government has already clashed with two international news magazines and threatened to expel two reporters for the Far Eastern Economic Review.

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