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September 20, 2006, 6:22 am
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Coup leaders move to censor media, ban public gatherings

Coup leaders Wednesday moved to censor the media and banned public gatherings as part of measures meant to ensure public order. Strict controls were slapped on foreign and domestic media, state television announced, that allowed the communications ministry to block” disinformation” deemed harmful to a provisional military council now in control of the country. Security forces reportedly seized media transmission facilities. Public gatherings of more than five people is banned, violators could be jailed for six months. The council also outlawed stockpiling of goods by vendors, and said anyone caught raising the costs of their goods could be jailed for two years, according to the announcement. Coup leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin said earlier Wednesday the military had to seize power in order to unite the nation after months of political turmoil.

 -The Nation

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