Thursday, November 24, 2011

10,000 Facebook pages insult Thai monarchy

THAILAND has asked Facebook to delete more than 10,000 pages which it that are "offensive" to its monarchy.

The news came a day after a Thai court jailed a man for 20 years for sending four text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy, alarming critics who say the kingdom's strict lese-majeste laws hamper free speech.

"We have informed Facebook and sought their assistance in deleting content which is offensive to our monarchy," the country's information minister Anudith Nakornthap said.

"There are more than 10,000 URLs which seem to insult the monarchy," he said, adding that people should not click "Like" or comment on "offensive" posts as this would be considered indirect dissemination of the material.

Under Thai law, anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent can face a prison sentence of up to 15 years for each offence. Even repeating details of an alleged offence is illegal.

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