Thailand: Continuing Crackdown on Free Online Expression

Amnesty International is seriously concerned by continuing unrelenting measures by authorities in Thailand to suppress and penalise the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, including in online fora. On 9 June 2017, Thai courts passed verdicts in two criminal cases concerning the posting and sharing of materials that allegedly disparaged the monarchy. Earlier in the week, Thai authorities reportedly outlined imminent plans to require internet platforms to suppress content upon official request without prior judicial authorisation.

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