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CHIANG MAI - Local reporters have criticised the governor of haze-shrouded Chiang Mai for asking them not to wear facemasks because it's bad for the province's image. 

Wichian Puttiwinyu has been at odds with media members since a meeting two weeks ago at which he claimed the air was still fresh, and that the media had a role and responsibility to help promote tourism, according to Chiang Mai CityNews.

Ar another meeting this week, the governor asked reporters, many of them wearing facemasks, to refrain from wearing masks as it would alarm people, including visitors.

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