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<div>Representatives from both the Pheu Thai and Democrat parties have called for the promulgation of the recently amended Computer Crimes Act to be delayed, so that its controversial changes can be rethought.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For Surapong Tovichakchaikul, a leader of the Pheu Thai party, the Computer Crimes Act will never succeed in preventing netizens from using technology and the internet for dissenting purposes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Amendments to the Act that were unanimously approved by Thailand’s junta-appointed legislature, the National Legislative Assembly, </div>
By Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) |
<p dir="ltr">It has been nine years since the Computer Crime Act (CCA) was promulgated in the wake of the 2006 coup to control the netizens in Thailand. Many websites have been blocked, often permanently without due process or remedy; and many internet users have unjustifiably faced criminal prosecution for expressing their opinion online. Now, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) appointed by the 2014 coup-makers is considering amendments to the law as one of its primary agenda.</p>
<div>The Thai military summoned an anti-dam activist into a military camp, warning that he might be charged with the computer crime act and the sedition law for his facebook post reporting land dispute between local people and investors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) <a href="">reported</a> that on Tuesday, 3 April 2016, Kritsakorn Silarak, a coordinator of the Assembly of the Poor for Pak Mun dam, was summoned into 22th Army Circle Camp in the northeastern province of Ubon </div>
<div> <div>An environmentalist has been given a one-year suspended jail term because of a Facebook post criticising a coal ash project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>On Thursday, 17 March 2016, Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Court sentenced Kumpol Jittanang, a marine environmentalist and coordinator of the Disaster Management Centre, Nakhon Si Thammarat, to one year in jail after finding him guilty of defaming an academic. The court also fined him 40,000 baht, iLaw <a href="">reported</a>. </div>
By Harrison George |
<p>Witness testimony has ended in the defamation case brought by the Royal Thai Navy against two fruit vendors in Phuket, with the verdict set to be delivered at the end of the next month.</p> <p>The case rests on a misspelled English sign, written in marker pen on a scrap of cardboard, which the defendants displayed on their fruit stall last year.&nbsp; The sign read ‘Naval oranges cheep’.&nbsp;</p>
By Human Rights Watch |
<p>(New York, April 17, 2015) – Thai authorities should drop criminal proceedings against two journalists for reporting on trafficking of ethnic Rohingya “boat people,” Human Rights Watch said today. Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian, the editor and correspondent of the news website Phuketwan, were charged one year ago, on April 17, 2014, with criminal defamation and the Computer Crimes Act based on a complaint filed by the Thai navy.<br /></p>
<p>Almost 10,000 people have signed a petition urging the junta not to pass the digital economy bills which will give the state unprecedented powers of mass surveillance and control over communications in the name of national security.</p>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>Ubon Ratchathani Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 15 years in jail for posting messages deemed lèse majesté on Facebook. The court initially sentenced him to 30 years, but since the defendant pleaded guilty, the sentence was reduced by half,<a href=""> iLaw</a> reported. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The man, whose first name begins with P and last name begins with T, was found guilty on nine counts for nine comments insulting the King, Queen and the Crown Prince on Facebook between July 2011 and March 2012. </div></div>
<div> <div> <div>The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied bail to Katha P., a stockbroker who was imprisoned for posting rumours about the king’s health condition, citing flight risk.&nbsp;</div> </div></div>
<p>The Appeals Court today overturned a previous verdict and delivered a five-year sentence to Noppawan (lastname witheld), an online user who was charged in October 2008&nbsp;under the Computer Crimes Act and lèse majesté&nbsp;law, or Article 112 of the Criminal Code, for allegedly posting a defamatory comment against the monarchy on the webboard.</p>
<p>Thantawut Thaweewarodomkul, former webmaster of Red Shirt USA, who was sentenced to 13 years for lèse majesté, was granted a royal pardon and released from Bangkok Remand Prison on Friday, after serving 3 years. He was arrested in April 2010 for violating the lèse majesté law, or Article 112 of Criminal Code, and the Computer Crime Act.</p> <p></p>