The First Victim of the Computer Crime Act — confirmed

September 5, 2007

[ ภาษาไทย: ผู้ใช้เว็บบอร์ดถูกคุมขัง ฐานผิด กม. คอมพิวเตอร์ ]

Quiet arrest under Computer Crime Act

Prachatai, 4 September 2007

A reliable source has told Prachatai that at least one person being detained in Bangkok Remand Prison for crimes against the new Computer Crime Act which came into effect on July 18, 2007. The detainee is a 36 year-old computer programmer who posted comments on web-boards [online discussion forum] using a well-known alias.

According to the source, the person was detained for 6 days at the Police Crime Suppression Division office before being transferred to the remand prison on August 30. He has yet to see his family members and consult a lawyer.

Fah Deaw Kan publishing house released a statement calling on the government and relevant agencies, especially the Information and Communications Technology Ministry and the police, to confirm this news and to allow observers to visit Bangkok Remand Prison and other prisons. And if there was an arrest, the government and its agencies must respect the detainee’s right to justice, the publisher said.

On September 1-2, the weekend edition of the Financial Times reported that Thailand had lifted its ban on the video-sharing website Youtube, and quoted a high-level official as saying that in the past couple of weeks the authorities have arrested and detained two Thais who posted comments insulting to the monarchy on web-boards.

Prachatai, Quiet arrest under Computer Crime Act, 4 Sep 2007
ประชาไท, ยันผู้เล่นเว็บบอร์ดชื่อดังถูกรวบ ผิด กม.คอมพิวเตอร์ !, 4 ก.ย. 2550

other news coverage on this topic: Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Global Voices Advocacy

3 Responses to “The First Victim of the Computer Crime Act — confirmed”

  1. Rudi Says:

    I learned on this webpage
    (bottom of it) that my web domain would have been blocked by MICT. There is nothing on my site that I could imagine would motivate this.

    Truth however is that I previously criticised Thai Immigration practices on my website and warned foreigners for not spending their last dollar on a Thai barwoman – that all I have removed over a year ago (those farang “idiots” know better).

    Fortunately I do no longer live in “unforgettable” Thailand, an arrogant police state in my view. I now live in Cambodia, the Land of Freedom, as I call it compared to Thailand. I moved because I didn’t get a visa any more, though I’m richer than 95% of the Thai population, just didn’t have the 800.000 baht – “go back your own country”, I was told at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh (after living 14 years in Thailand – they didn’t want to see my old passports).

    If MICT blocked my website, they can basically block all websites that do not praise Thailand into the skies – so glad I left that foreigner-hostile country!

    I hope the Thai government goes further on this line, until the last resident foreigner has left their “unforgettable” country – then they can learn how to manage without us!

  2. Panzerfaust Says:

    lock that asshole Pichai forever ieiei.

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