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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....

Why has Thailand banned the Tropico 5 video game?

By Wed, Aug 06, 2014 7:59AM UTC Comments Off A screenshot of the computer game "Tropico 5", a world-building game that puts you in charge of a banana republic. Thailand has banned this game for national security reasons. (Screenshot: Facebook/Kaylpso Media)

Ever since the military coup of May 22, 2014 the junta that is ruling Thailand has imposed strict censorship measures on the media and has shown repeatedly that it will not tolerate criticism. ...

Thai military junta tightens grip on media, issues gag order (UPDATE)

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:30AM UTC Comments Off This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s military government has further tightened its grip on the country’s media by banning criticism of the junta, threatening to shut down the offending media outlet and legal consequences. The edict came at a time when probably not many were listening. On Friday night, shortly after the weekly, self-adulating TV address by army chief and...

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

By Thu, Jun 26, 2014 11:00AM UTC Comments Off This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

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 itself....

Thai junta faces uphill battle to control social media

By Wed, Jun 04, 2014 11:00AM UTC Comments Off This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

And suddenly the progress bar wouldn't stop loading. Thai online users were stumped last Wednesday afternoon when they couldn't access Facebook, prompting a swift outcry on other social networks such as Twitter. While the lockout only lasted less than an hour, it was a chilling reminder of the censorship situation in a post-coup Thailand that also extends online....

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