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    Laos Seeks to Muzzle Press Ahead of AEAN Meetings

    Did they think this wouldn’t make headlines? It’s the seven-million strong country’s turn to host global leaders for two meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year, where regional representatives will get to address some of Asia’s most pressing issues — like South China Sea disputes, trade deals and environmental concerns. But not everyone’s getting the royal treatment. Strict restrictions have been in place for journalists covering the summits, including a clause allowing government censors to vet all dispatches, ahead of the first summit later this month. 

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