Grandpa’s death penalty for lèse majesté; 761,416 URLs blocked…Happy Father’s Day
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Judge Chanatip Mueanpawong convicted a 61-year old on November 23 for four SMS messages on the basis of circumstantial and inconclusive evidence and then sentenced him to death in Bangkok’s Criminal Court . We wonder how old this learned judge is, whether his own grandfather is still alive, how well he sleeps at night. Does he really think he has protected Thai society from a dangerous criminal?
Extrapolating from these sources indicates 578,476 URLs were blocked by Thai government as of July 31. Sunai Pasuk, Thailand director of Human Rights Watch reported on November 25 that ICT minister Anudith Nakornthap stated that his ministry requested rubberstamp court orders to block 26,000 Facebook pages in August and September and 60,000 in October and November. On November 23, the minister announced a further 10,000 Facebook pages had been blocked for alleged lèse majesté.