Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 26, 2015 In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we chronicle the criticism against and the defense for the controversial bills – and what’s behind the military junta’s motivation to push these into law. In the past two weeks we have… More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

Originally published at Siam Voices on February 25, 2015 In the fourth part of our series examining Thailand’s new and controversial cyber laws, we look at the impact it can have on business – and it doesn’t necessarily look very profitable. In the last couple of instalments of this series, we have highlighted the pitfalls,… More Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 4: Bad for business, too!

Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

Originally published on Siam Voices on September 19, 2014 Thailand’s ruling military junta is further tightening its grip on the public discourse by heightening its censorship measures, going as far as reportedly implementing widespread surveillance of Thai Internet users. The new measure seeks to crush criticism at the military government and  to crack down on anything that is deemed insulting to… More Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

Thailand’s junta sets up media watchdogs to monitor anti-coup dissent

Originally published at Siam Voices on June 26, 2014 Thailand’s military junta has set up watchdogs to monitor all kinds of media for content that is deemed as “inciting hatred towards the monarchy” or providing “misinformation” that could potentially complicate the work of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), as the junta calls… More Thailand’s junta sets up media watchdogs to monitor anti-coup dissent

Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 23, 2014 UPDATE (April 23): The head of the newly created radical royalist cyber-vigilante group has filed a lèse majesté charge against Ms. “Rose” himself. In separate story on Wednesday, Kamol Duangphasuk, better known among the red shirts as a poet under his pen name “Maineung K. Kunthee” has… More Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

Phuket journalists on trial for quoting Pulitzer-prize winning Rohingya trafficking report

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 17, 2014 UPDATE: After spending five hours in court cell, Phuketwan reporters Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian are released on bail (100,000 Baht each) and are remanded to appear in court again on May 26, according to a report by Australia’s The Age. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The trial against two Phuket journalists for… More Phuket journalists on trial for quoting Pulitzer-prize winning Rohingya trafficking report

Thai webmaster Chiranuch loses appeal against suspended sentence

Originally published at Siam Voices on November 8, 2013 Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn has lost her appeal against her sentence for not deleting online comments deemed insulting to the monarchy quickly enough from the now defunct web board of the Thai news site Prachatai. The Criminal Court found her guilty in May 2012 and initially sentenced her… More Thai webmaster Chiranuch loses appeal against suspended sentence

Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 12, 2013 Thailand’s authorities are openly resorting to scare tactics to curb online discussions of politics after the summoning of several users for posting coup rumors on Facebook and a dumbfoundingly revealing interview with an official admitting his division’s use of said methods. The debate of the amnesty… More Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

Thai army ordered to stand down after bullying yellow shirt paper

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 14, 2013 This past weekend, around 40-50 military officers suddenly showed up in front of the building of ASTV-Manager protesting the paper’s harsh criticism of the army and the ‘slandering’ of their armed forces chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha. The soldiers from the 1st army region assembled on Friday… More Thai army ordered to stand down after bullying yellow shirt paper

Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 29, 2012 This is the second and final part of the Siam Voices year-in-review. Yesterday in part 1, we looked at the year of prime minister’s government, that of the opposition and the prevailing impunity over the 2010 crackdown. Lese majeste: Cowardice in the face of first victim… More Thailand in 2012 – Some personal thoughts (Part 2)