Thai junta tightens grip on Internet

World | 16 Dec 2016 8:21 pm

Thailand's military-appointed legislature has approved a bill tightening the country's already harsh Computer Crime Act, defying critics who said it infringes on the right to free expression. 

The National Legislative Assembly today voted 168 to 0 with four abstentions to approve amending the 2007 law. 

Internet activists campaigned against the amendment, which will allow the authorities to intercept private communications and block websites deemed harmful to national security or public morals without a court order. 

The original law was passed to cope with a lack of regulation of the online world. Increasingly it has been used against critics of the government, particularly by the military regime that came to power after overthrowing an elected government in 2014.-AP

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