One of the hallmarks of the Yingluck administration's one and a half years in office has been to induce a culture of fear and intimidation to maintain apathy among the media and the opposition in the face of eroding liberty and the destruction of freedom of speech in Thailand.
Such acts of intimidation by the Yingluck administration have gradually edged Thailand closer to a police state.
Freedom of speech in the media during the Yingluck administration first came under attack in early 2012 through the banning of Shakespeare Must Die, an adaptation of Macbeth which included scenes of characters with a close resemblance to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the red shirts. The independent movie was banned for ''content that causes divisiveness among the people of the nation''.
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