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Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Thai junta takes further steps towards online mass surveillance, censorship

By Mon, Jan 12, 2015 10:22AM UTC Comments Off Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

A series of new orders and proposals suggests that Thailand’s military government has taken further steps to monitor and censor online content in continued efforts to curtail criticism of itself and the country's monarchy....

LINE denies Thai junta’s claim it is monitoring popular chat app

By Tue, Dec 23, 2014 5:12PM UTC Comments Off A Thai teenager uses the "Line" instant messaging app on her smartphone  in Bangkok. Pic: AP.

Claims by the Thai military junta that it is monitoring the popular chat app LINE for content deemed insulting towards the monarchy have been refuted by South Korea-based parent company Naver....

28 weeks later: Prayuth, censorship and the media in post-coup Thailand

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:34AM UTC Comments Off Thai coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Since his time as army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s relationship with the media has been strenuous at best. Now as the coup leader and prime minister he constantly in the limelight, and his gaffes are under more scrutiny than ever. On the other hand, the media itself is facing stringent censorship....

Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:12AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

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 the royal institution – also known as lèse majesté....

Thailand junta reactivates ‘cyber scout’ program to curb online dissent

By Thu, Aug 07, 2014 9:10AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

In late 2010, the Thai Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) launched the so-called 'cyber scout' program aimed to recruit students and young people to monitor online content that could be deemed potentially offensive, especially to Thailand's monarchy. Now, the military junta is re-introducing the project....

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