Online censorship pressure

1 02 2016

A couple of days ago PPT posted on the military regime pressuring Google to censor without a court order. When we look back at that post we realize that we neglected to mention that the main area of concern was posts and videos about the monarchy. It goes without saying….

censorship-for-the-internetReuters reports that the military government is also trying to get more censorship out of Facebook and Line. The story is taken up at the Bangkok Post, saying that “[e]xecutives of the giant social media outlets … have been called to a meeting by the national reform assembly over monitoring and removing content considered a security threat to Thailand.” Yes, the monarchy.

While Reuters says the committee now says it is emphasizing content for which there is a court order, this is spin and the leaked document about Google made this clear. Nothing like trying to clean up after you’ve made a mess.

Arthit Suriyawongkul, a coordinator of the Thai Netizens Network advocacy group, says this attempt to have Google act is against Thai law: “Under the Computer Crime Act, if internet users post content suspected of violating the law, any accusations against them must be verified by a court before action is taken…”.

It seems that Thailand’s lawmakers don’t care too much about following the law.


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2 02 2016
They really are as stupid as this | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] first Bangkok Post story is a follow-up to earlier posts we had on internet censorship (here and here). Police Major-General Pisit Pao-in, chairman of a sub-committee on online media […]

2 02 2016
They really are as stupid as this | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] first Bangkok Post story is a follow-up to earlier posts we had on internet censorship (here and here). Police Major-General Pisit Pao-in, chairman of a sub-committee on online media […]

4 02 2016
Human and legal rights trashed | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] with The Dictator’s erratic behavior and tantrums, several abduction-detentions, efforts at heightened internet censorship and the stillbirth of the draft constitution. This means we have neglected several other important […]

4 02 2016
Human and legal rights trashed | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] with The Dictator’s erratic behavior and tantrums, several abduction-detentions, efforts at heightened internet censorship and the stillbirth of the draft constitution. This means we have neglected several other important […]

14 02 2016
Getting Line in line | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] trying to convince international social media companies to help it censor Thais (here and here). The junta bleated about lese majeste and national security (the difference between the two areas […]

14 02 2016
Getting Line in line | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] trying to convince international social media companies to help it censor Thais (here and here). The junta bleated about lese majeste and national security (the difference between the two areas […]