2007 Computer Crimes Act
An anti-junta historian has reported to the police or sharing a fake news report about a purse of Prayut’s wife. He denied all accusations and observed that this lawsuit was the junta’s effort to silence criticism. On 31 January 2018, Charnvit Kasetsiri, former President of Thammasat University, reported to the police’s Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) to hear a cybercrime charge against him. The police accused Charnvit of violating Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act.
The police have issued a summons for an anti-junta historian and former rector of Thammasat University for sharing a fake news report about a purse of Prayut’s wife. On 23 January 2018, Pol Col Olarn Sukkasem from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) revealed that investigators had summoned the renowned historian, Charnvit Kasetsiri, to report on Friday. Charnvit was accused of disseminating forged computer data likely to cause damage to a third party, a violation the Computer Crimes Act.
Former Thammasat University rector says he will fight the case if the police accuse him of sharing fake news about the purse of Prayut’s wife. On 17 January 2018, Pol Col Olarn Sukkasem from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) revealed that he had received an order to prosecute those who publicly share on Facebook the fake news that Naraphon Chan-o-cha, wife of the junta’s leader Prayut Chan-o-cha, carried a luxurious brand name handbag during the visit to the US.
The police have summoned Ekkachai Hongkangwan, anti-junta activist and former lèse majesté prisoner, for posting pornographic content online.
A famous actress has to report the police after accidentally posting an image of her boyfriend’s genitals on her Instagram account. On 9 January 2018, the Technology Crime Suppression Division asked actress Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, 27, to report on 12 January to hear accusations against her. The authorities accuse her of importing pornographic images into a computer system, a violation of the controversial Computer Crimes Act. On 4 January, Apinya posted on her Instagram account an image of her boyfriend’s penis.
Though the film has returned, the laws that give authorities absolute censorship power still remain. On 27 June 2017, Thai netizens were able to access the “The Great Dictator” again, following its previous ban at the junta’s request. Certain URLs containing the film were reportedly blocked in Thailand on 21 June, after the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights (TANCR) encouraged followers on its Facebook page to watch and share the film en masse at 7 pm of 24 June 2017 to commemo
An attorney general has decided not to indict a woman accused of sedition for posting a Facebook status criticising a military-involved corruption case, reasoning that her opinion is in the public interest. On 30 May, an attorney from Phra Khanong provincial court chose not to indict Cham (pseudonym) for breaching the sedition law and the Computer Crimes Act, of which she had been accused by the military after she posted on her Facebook account that R
Facebook has complied with a request from the junta to restrict user access to a video posted by an exiled critic of the monarchy, citing Thailand’s newly amended Computer Crimes Act. On 4 May 2017, the exiled academic Somsak Jeamteerasakul announced on his Facebook page that he had received an email from Facebook informing him that one of his posts violates Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act (CCA).
Human rights defenders accused by the military of criminal defamation for exposing torture in the Deep South have urged prosecutors to seek more witnesses. On 21 February 2017, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF); Somchai Homla-or, Advisor to the CrCF; and Anchana Heemmina, President of the Duay Jai group, submitted a letter to the Office of Provincial Public Prosecution in the Deep South province of Pattani.
The first case of lèse-majesté under Thailand’s new King Vajiralongkorn accuses an undergraduate law student. Both Jatupat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa’s youthful grin in newspapers and the petty nature of his crime — sharing a BBC article on his Facebook wall — make the young man a puzzling suspect. He does not appear as one of the country’s most dastardly criminals.. Instead, Pai seems startlingly relatable — something to unsettle the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).