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With COVID-19 Worsening, Thailand Targets ‘Fake News’ | Foreign Policy

By Tyler Roney
August 2, 2021

Over the last 30 days, Thailand’s COVID-19 cases have more than tripled in the wake of a disappointing vaccine rollout, accompanied by bodies in the street, a violent crackdown on protests, and chilling attacks on civil society. In response, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s military government took on the obvious culprit: the press—more specifically, “fake news.”

“Distorting information to cause a misunderstanding about the emergency situation, which may eventually affect state security,” is prohibited, the government announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette, an official public journal, on Thursday, adding that internet service providers should immediately suspend violators’ accounts.

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Source: With COVID-19 Worsening, Thailand Targets ‘Fake News’ | Foreign Policy

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