Thailand: Crackdown on critics of Military Government continues with accusations of sedition against award-winning Thai journalist — Dissent against the junta is not permitted

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Pravit Rojanaphruk, an outspoken Thai columnist for the English-language daily The Nation, poses for photograph while being called to report himself to the ruling military along with other journalists in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, May 25, 2014. A spokesman for Thailand’s coup leaders said Sunday that democracy had caused “losses” for the country, as the junta sought to combat growing international condemnation and hundreds of protesters angrily confronted soldiers in central Bangkok. (AP Photo)

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – An award-winning Thai journalist accused of sedition over online comments critical of the junta said on Friday that the charge created a “chilling effect” amid an ongoing crackdown on critics of the military government.

Pravit Rojanaphruk, a journalist at local news outlet Khaosod English, has been a rare voice of dissent against the junta since it took power in a May 2014 coup, ousting then prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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