Lese-majeste : Democrats propose a law to crack down on Internet

What can you do when you’re a member of a party that :
-has absolutly no ideas
-has mediocre leaders
-and is unable to win any elections ?

The Democrat Party has the answer : lese-majeste of course.

It’s not the first time that some MPs try to get their 15 minutes of fames by toying without any shame with the higher institution (read here).

But now, they go one step further : with a proposition of law.

A group of MPs from the opposition Democrat Party yesterday proposed a draft legislation that would penalise people making defamatory remarks or contemptuous tones against the monarchy on the Internet or via computers. […]

The law’s proponents explained that at present there is no law that deals with offenders of lese majeste through modern electronic means, such as on Internet websites and in computer systems.

Under the proposed law, anyone putting inaccurate content about the monarchy on the Internet or a computer system faces a jail term of between three to 20 years or a fine ranging from Bt200,000 to Bt800,000.

Those uploading defamatory or contemptuous content about the monarchy face an imprisonment of five to 20 years or a fine of between Bt300,000 to Bt800,000.

The law will also punish anyone falsely accusing others of such wrongdoings, with imprisonment of three to 20 years and a fine ranging from Bt200,000 to Bt800,000.

The law also seeks to punish people hiring others to do the job for them, the Internet service provider or computer system administrator who fails to cooperate, as well as repeat offenders. […] (Nation)

Someone should explain them that Thailand has all the necessary laws to deal with this problem :

-lese-majeste, part of the Penal Code
-and of course the new Computer Crime Act

Furthermore, someone should explain them that lese-majeste doesn’t cover one mean in particular : whether you make a speech in public on the street ( (Da Torpedo), a speech in a room (Jakrapob case), an article on a famous TV’s website (BBC Jonathan Head case), write a book, an article, a radio show, in a cinema, anything… everywhere… by any means.

Lese-majeste is lese-majeste.

We don’t need a special law for lese-majeste… on Internet. Or on “computers”.

Furthermore, those MPs don’t even read the newspapers : “The court issued three orders shutting down about 400 sites, 344 of which carried material that was contemptuous of the royal family.” (september 2008).

It’s the proof that the authorities can already handle lese-majeste on Internet.

Poor country. Poor people.

6 Responses to “Lese-majeste : Democrats propose a law to crack down on Internet”

  1. 1 Bedwyr 19 November 2008 at 2:21 am

    Reminiscent in some ways of the Surayud government saying they thought that people in all countries should be subject to Thai law insofar as lese majeste is concerned. Crazy. An insight into the Thai-centric view of the universe that Thais seem to have in the face of abundant evidence that Thai is a minor civilisation and a doomed culture that has just failed to keep pace with human development.

    Lese majeste laws are anachronistic. The Monarchy in Thailand is unassailable, at least until the accession solution becomes a necessity. The Thai monarchy does not need these very stupid and feudal laws in order to protect itself. As a consequence, they are only used by people who, for their own purposes, want ammunition to fire at competitors, or who want to shriek as loudly as possible “Waaah! I love the King more than you do waaah!”

    Stupid, just plain stupid. And childish.

    Exactly what you would expect from Thais.


  2. 2 absolutelybangkok 19 November 2008 at 5:58 am

    At least they, the Dems, start doing again something. Or not better than nothing at all?!

  3. 3 chinesethai 19 November 2008 at 6:31 am

    Don’t they have anything else to do to pass the time?

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 19 November 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Absolutly AbBKK 😉

    It’s like the “17 advisers” story. 17 is better than 1.

    A little bit of wind is better than nothing indeed.

    This club of old gentlemen (AKA the Democrat Party) are probably bored to death… They’re looking for some excitement. Lese-majeste shall provide it. For cheap.

    Meanwhile… everything is fine… the world is falling a part, but that’s totally irrelevant.

  5. 5 Ty 24 January 2009 at 1:49 pm

    When are the Democrats going to stop themselves that? Who do they think they’re fooling?

  1. 1 BKK News Feed Archive - Q4/08 Trackback on 20 November 2008 at 6:52 am

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