Thai legal experts, webmasters slam govt for illegally blocking websites

Internet law experts and webmasters yesterday lashed out at what they said was the government’s illegal blocking of websites and the use of threats and intimidation tactics against webmasters by government officials. Paiboon Amornpinyokiart, an internet and IT law expert, said nowhere in the controversial Cyber Crime Act — which was pushed through by the military-appointed government and took effect on July 19 — does it say the government has the authority to freely block websites. The law says any move to block a website must be backed by a court order.

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