Bangkok: Prayut threatens media outlets with strict cyber law

For the second day in a row, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha lashed out again at the media, threatening online outlets with a more strict use of the Computer Crime Act against ‘fake news and hate speech’.

The Computer Crime Act will be rigorously enforced against online media that distort facts and disseminate “fake reports and hate speech”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha threatened Tuesday.

“I don’t want to make enemies. But society needs to function in an orderly fashion. No matter who you are, if you twist the facts, write what is not true or incite hatred, you will face legal action,” he said.

The premier explained that although the act is already in place, its enforcement will be strengthened. He also suggested that his political critics were not immune. He said the measure was recommended by King Prajadhipok’s Institute, which advised the government to use the act to stop the proliferation of hate speech and fake news to bring about greater order in society.

“I don’t want to bully anyone. But if you damage the country, you need to be sued. Otherwise I cannot ensure order in society. I never bully the media.

“Has anyone been jailed? Has anyone been sued? But outlaws need to be sued,” the premier said.

Gen Prayut did not go into detail about which media houses and issues he has concerns about.

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Courtesy: .Bangkok Post |  NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: PATPON SABPAITOON | 22 Nov 2017 at 04:00


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