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Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Since the military's takeover Thailand has undergone a major rights crackdown, with scores of activists jailed and skyrocketing lese majeste convictionsA Thai journalist and four activists were charged Monday under a draconian law banning criticism of the junta’s new constitution which will be voted on in a referendum next month. Taweesak Kerdpoka, a reporter with the news outlet Prachatai, was arrested on Sunday morning alongside four members of the New Democracy Movement, one of the few activist groups that dare to challenge the military since generals seized power two years ago. “Their actions were violating the referendum bill article 61 clause 2,” police colonel Amnuay Pongsawat, from Ban Pong district in central Ratchaburi province, told AFP.

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