PROTEST leaders Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, and Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, have been told to meet a January 14 deadline to submit their written statements on charges of violating the Computer Crimes Act and if not they would be considered to have waived their right to do and with the case then forwarded to prosecutors for further legal action, Siam Rath newspaper reported today (Jan. 12, 2021).
Police are also speeding up investigation into 20 other persons on similar charges.
This followed Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta’s order to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police to expedite action against those who have posted and shared inappropriate messages and images about the Thai Monarchy through social media platforms.
TCSD together with this ministry has also forwarded a court order to foreign social media platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other websites, on blocking access to eight categories of inappropriate messages, totaling 9,192 of them. So far 5,308 have been blocked with there remaining 3,884 to be acted upon.
“All relevant departments have been told to expedite and continuously monitor and prosecute the offenders. The Prime Minister called a meeting and instructed officials at DES ministry, the Department of Special Investigation, TCSD and the Foreign Ministry to work intensely both on the use of social media posts to insult the Thai Royal Family which is unacceptable and distorting information and creating fake news about Covid-19 and other matters that damage the people and the nation’s overall picture. Therefore this has to be expedited, ” Buddhipongse said.
Top: Rung, left, and Penguin, right. Photo: Siam Rath