Thai Team To Crack Down On Sites Insulting Royals | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | June 16th, 2010

Briatin is renowned around the world for having some fairly difficult anti-defamation laws that mean the onus is on the accuser to prove that the Internet poster means to cause harm by making certian posts, but considering some of the alternative, there are considerably worse situations to find ourselves in.

Thailand, a country that is equally well known for its movements against online defamation against the royal family and protecting their online reputation, has announced that it is heading up a new cyber crime division called the Bureau of Prevention and Eradication of Computer Crime.

The main role tasked to the Bureau will be to investigate allegations of anti-royalty claims posted on the Internet. According to the lese majeste rules that the country currently abides by, it is a criminl offence to say anything negative against any member of the royal family and police are duty bound to investigate every submitted claim of online defamation. The strict government rules mean that anybody found guilty of such crimes may face up to 5 years in jail.

The government’s bid to protect the online reputation of the idolised king and royal family saw a new computer crime law introduced in 2007 and police are quite happy to enforce this law in order to protect the name of the royal family.

Since 2006 there has been an increased instance of such comments and crimes in Thailand and the government continues to keep a keen eyeo on them investigating all reports of such activity.

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