There is a sense of deja vu about the lawsuit filed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra against newspaper cartoonist Chai Rachawat for alleged defamation, and the subsequent move by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) to step up online censorship of remarks made about the premier.
Why deja vu? Because her actions are remarkably similar to those of her brother while he was in power.
The Thaksin Shinawatra administration (2001-06), it's worth remembering, was notorious for curbing free speech and the free press. Thaksin used various means to achieve his goals, including blatant censorship, interfering with editorial independence, filing defamation lawsuits, staging media buyouts, harassment and intimidation by alliance.
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