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Six Thais arrested over re-posting ‘fake news’

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A Cambodian man has been arrested in Phnom Penh this morning after allegedly posting fake news about comments allegedly made by the Thai PM.

Meanwhile, six Thais have been charged with crimes against the Thai Computer Crimes Act for disseminating fake news about junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha.

According to police, the suspects confessed to sharing a satirical piece of ‘fake’ news – in which Prayuth was quoted as telling people to fill up their cars with water instead of expensive gasoline – though they maintain that they’re unaware the news was not real.

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The three men and three women met with Bangkok police yesterday to acknowledge the charges against them. They’re accused of violating the Computer Crime Act, which forbids importing “false information” to a computer system.

The six were released after questioning pending further investigation.

Six Thais arrested over re-posting 'fake news' | News by Thaiger21 year old Cambodian, Ratana Heng, arrested this morning. PHOTO: Tourist Police.

Lt. Col. Atilak Wangsiriworakul of the Technology Crime Suppression Division says “They admitted to sharing it. We will take their testimony into consideration.”

The article they reportedly shared was first posted on Ratstas.com, a website which routinely publishes fake news and ‘click bait’ style articles.

Khaosod English reports that in a May 23 post, published at the height of public discontent to the soaring gasoline price, the site quotes the PM saying motorists who complained should “stop being stupid” and simply fill up their tanks with water. The post, which was reported to still be online as of Wednesday afternoon, quickly circulated on social media before a government spokesman clarified that PM Prayut never made such a remark.

Police soon launched an investigation.

At a Wednesday news conference, investigators identified a Cambodian, Ratanak Heng, as the site’s administrator. Atilak said an arrest warrant was issued for the 21 year old Cambodian, Ratana Heng, and that police would seek his extradition from Cambodia.

Since the May 2014 coup, authorities have taken swift legal action against satirists and hoax news websites that have defamed the NCPO.

SOURCES: Khaosod English, Bangkok Post

 

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha seeks looser restrictions in ‘red’ zones

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Covid-19 infections are still high, but PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he wants restrictions to loosen up and businesses to reopen as soon as possible in provinces classified as “red” zones under tight control to combat Covid-19.

The prime minister says he has ordered governors of red zone provinces to look into easing disease control measures. Looking into each province’s Covid-19 situation and the restrictions’ impact on the local economy, governors are told to find a good balance that works well for both the economy and public health.

Spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, says restrictions at restaurants in red zone provinces can be lifted if the situation improves.

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Suspected insurgent killed in gunfire exchange with rangers in Thailand’s deep south

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A suspected insurgent was shot and killed in a gunfire exchange with Thai rangers in Narathawit, a province in Thailand’s deep south by the Malaysian border plagued with violence from the religious separatist insurgency. 2 other men were arrested after the clash with rangers in the Bacho district this morning. Another suspected insurgent is on the run.

Rangers got a tip that 4 insurgents were hiding out at a home in the district. The rangers surround the home at around 5am this morning. The men inside the home fired shots at rangers, shooting a 28 year old soldier in the wrist. The gunfire exchange lasted about 10 minutes. A suspect, identified as Sufian Yoso, managed to escape out the back of the home.

Rangers searched the area and found the body of Suraidin Katae, also known as Madong, who had a warrant out for his arrest. Suspected insurgents Ku-afnan and Ku-amran Kupama, who are brothers, were arrested. Rangers say the men had a 11mm pistol and an AK102 rifle.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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