Thai panel to oversee anti-royal website crackdown

Thailand has set up a committee to clamp down on websites considered insulting to the monarchy, a minister said Wednesday, despite international concern over its widely-criticised lese majeste laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung said he would chair the first meeting of the group this week, including representatives from police, the interior ministry and other related agencies.

“If these websites are based abroad and cannot be completely shut down, we will find a way to prevent them from opening here,” he said, adding that he would “take this matter seriously”, even if his own allies were affected.

Anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent faces up to 15 years in prison on each count, and discussions of the royal family and the matter of succession are consequently extremely sensitive in Thailand.

Read more in AsiaOne

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I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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