Thailand Policies Affecting Disinformation

From ADTAC Disinformation Inventory


In 2019, lawmakers also worked to strengthen the existing Computer Crimes Act in order to stop anti-government criticism.[1] Arrests have been made against people accused of criticizing the government under this law.[2]

Actions and Initiatives

In 2019, the Thai government started the "anti-fake news" center which surveys for online disinformation including disinformation that relates to the government as well as disinformation that affects “peace and order, good morals, and national security”.[3] Rights groups fear that this center will be used to silence critics of the government.[4]

On March 25th 2020, the Prime Minister of Thailand declared a state of emergency until April 30th which gave the government power to shutdown media outlets alleged with spreading false information.[5]

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National Policies Affecting Disinformation