Thai Netizen Network submit protest note with 300,000 signatures against computer bill to NLA

The Thai Netizen Network on Thursday submitted a list of 300,000 signatures of opponents of the computer crime bill to the National Legislative Assembly demanding that it reconsider the controversial bill.

Ms Sarunee Achavananthakul, a founder and committee member of the Thai Netizen Network, said Thursday that the network and the opponents who signed up the protest letter strongly believe that the bill, especially sections 14, 15, 18, 19, 20 and 26 would affect the rights and liberties of the people.

Opponents of the bill said that the bill is worse than the one promulgated nine years ago, particularly paragraph 2 of Section14 which may make it impossible for the posting of information in the social media of the alleged irregularities of government officials as this may be interpreted as a threat to national security.

Another controversial content is Section 20 (1) which empowers the all-powerful screening committee to block a website, a blog or a post which is deemed a threat to national security, public safety or public service.

The NLA is due to deliberate the bill in its final reading on Friday instead of Thursday as earlier scheduled.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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