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8 November 2013

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Thai Media Groups Reject ‘Internet Censorship’ Bill

The Thailand government is proposing amendments to its already draconian Computer Crimes Act that would allow authorities to block websites without seeking court approval.

8 October 2013

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Southeast Asia: Dictatorships Are Gone, But Censorship Hangs On

Both off and online, censorship is still enforced in several Southeast Asian countries through the use of draconian laws and strict media regulation.

23 August 2013

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In Thailand, Facebook ‘Likes’ Can Land You in Jail

On major chat and social network platforms, law enforcement officials are now monitoring users of keywords including "coup", "monarchy", "drugs", "prostitution", and other terms deemed relevant to national security.

19 August 2013

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Thailand Wants to Monitor Conversations on LINE App

Government officials would monitor the messaging application to track online threats to national security. LINE has 15 million subscribers in Thailand.

23 May 2013

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Thailand Threatens to Censor Online Critics of Prime Minister

In the wake of the Thai government's lawsuit against cartoonist Chai Rachawat, the country's Minister of Information and Communications Technology has warned that websites containing defamatory remarks against the Prime Minister will be immediately shut down.

14 May 2012

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A man serving an anti-royal sentence in Thailand dies in prison

Akong was sentenced to 20 years in jailed for an unproven lese majeste case on the basis of Thailand's Computer Crime Act. The 61-year-old grandfather, who had long battled with oral cancer, was believed to have died as a result of this disease. Attempts to get bail for Akong, most notably due to his illness, was repeatedly denied.

2 September 2011

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Police lèse majesté “experts” in Prachatai trial

A capacity crowd of supporters filled the lèse majesté trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of Thailand’s independent online news portal Prachatai, which continued into its seventh day at Bangkok’s Criminal Court. Yesterday’s animated senior judge, The Honourable Kampol Rungrat, was joined by a second. An affable police major-general, Suraphon Tuanphong,...