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Thailand bans sharing of news that ‘causes public fear’ amid pandemic criticism

Measures condemned by media and rights groups as attempt to shut down negative news reports

The Thai government has outlawed sharing news that “causes public fear”, even if such reports are true, as officials face mounting criticism over their handling of the pandemic.

On Thursday, the government tightened an emergency decree imposed more than a year ago that initially targeted false news. The latest constrictions forbid people from distributing “information causing public fear”, or from sharing “distorted information causing misunderstanding which affects national stability”.

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