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Thai Printer of Int'l NY Times Blocks Stories for Third Time

FILE - Front page of an Asian edition of the International New York Times has a blank space where the printer omitted sensitive content, Bangkok, Thailand, Dec. 1, 2015.

The New York Times has decried limits on press freedom in Thailand after its local printer refused to publish articles about the Southeast Asian country for a third time.

The printer removed a column from the opinion page of Friday's edition of the International New York Times about Thailand's Crown Property Bureau, which manages the financial affairs of the royal family. The column said the bureau's assets may total as much as $53 billion.

Discussion of Thailand's monarchy is highly sensitive, and criticism can be punished by up to 15 years in prison.

A statement on the corporate website of the New York Times said the printer's refusal to publish the articles denied readers in Thailand the right to open access to news.