As we all know, the Thai people love their royal family. Tourist should be aware that insulting them, is not only seen as insulting but also deemed as illegal. So the majority of us, respects and behave accordingly.
But it seems that some do not.
Internet monitoring tools discovered over 800 posts, which insulted the monarchy over a 12 month period and successfully blocked 435 of the offending posts.
Maj-Gen Rith Intharavuth, director of the Army Cyber Centre was speaking to the media on Thursday, as the army celebrated 16th anniversary of the inauguration of the Army Cyber Centre.
The offensive postings were found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, all of which violated lese-majeste law.
It was mentioned that many of these posts originated from overseas and not necessary posted from within Thailand.
So what are the lese-majeste laws?
Basically, they are to protect the senior members of Thailand’s royal family from insult of threat.
Anyone who defames, insults or threatens one of the leading members of the monarchy, could be punished with a 15 year jail sentence. The law has been in place since 1908, although the penalty was increased in the mid 1970s.
It goes without saying that if you elect to live in a foreign land, you should obey the laws of that nation.
Long Live The King
Source : ThaiPBS
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