Tag: Thailand

Thailand: 900+ Websites Blocked After Death of King

In the wake of the death of long-serving King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s newly formed Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has begun a mass-crackdown of online content. Authorities have reported that this measure has been taken as part of the country’s lese majeste laws, with one spokesperson for the Ministry of Information saying: “Many heartbroken Thais are quite sensitive. When…

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Thailand: 9 Activists Jailed Over Facebook Posts Criticising Ruling Junta

Nine activists were arrested in Bangkok over Facebook comments critical of Thailand’s ruling junta and its leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha. The activists referred in their critical Facebook comments to the new draft constitution made by the ruling junta after seizing power in a May 2014 coup. The charter was drafted following the retraction of an old constitution committed to elections in Thailand by 2017. The new draft constitution has been stirring great…