Thai PM Revokes Fake News Order After Thai Court Found It Against The Law

After the Civil Court issued an injunction against its use, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha revoked an order restricting freedom of speech under Section 9 of the emergency decree.
In the PM’s gag order, the government sought to prevent the spread of misinformation and news that might “frighten” people, and threatened internet censorship.
The Civil Court recently ruled that the prime minister’s regulation was illegal. There were already laws in place that could be used to accomplish this.
The regulation was issued in response to mounting criticism of the government’s handling of the Coronavirus outbreak and vaccination program.
On Tuesday, the Royal Gazette published Gen Prayut’s announcement revoking the 29th regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Decree.
It stated that the Civil Court had temporarily suspended the enforcement of the regulation, which was issued on July 29, 2021.
According to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), officials have not yet enforced the regulation, and they may use other laws, as the court mentioned.
Therefore, the prime minister revoked the regulation.
General Prayut signed the announcement and it became effective immediately.
Human Rights Lawyer Alliance and 12 media outlets filed a complaint against Gen Prayut, also head of CCSA, with the Civil Court.
They asked for the repeal of the 29th regulation, which permitted the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to block web access to social media users posting content that may “frighten” people.
The Reporters, VoiceTV, The Standard, The Momentum, The Matter, Prachatai, Dem All, The People, Way Magazine, Echo, and Plus Seven were among the media outlets that signed the petition.

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