Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday (Nov 21) threatened to tackle news and social media for what he described “fake news and hate speeches” to prevent the rights and freedom of others from being violated.
The prime minister disclosed of his tough action to enforce the existing laws with news media and posters of fake information and hate speeches after yesterday’s cabinet meeting.
He said at the meeting, he instructed all ministries to strictly enforce the existing laws, such as the Computer Crime Act, and all justice channels, to deal with online media that distort facts and disseminate “fake reports and hate speech.”
He made clear that what he did was not to make enemies but to prevent the freedom and the rights of others from violation.
He said “the society needs to function orderly. No matter who you are, if you twist the facts, write what is not true or incite hatred, you will face legal action.”
He also said political critics are not spared from the laws.
Gen Prayut said he didn’t want to bully anyone, adding that if anyone damage the country with fake information, they would face legal suits.
He made clear that he never bully the media.
Meanwhile government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd explained that the government won’t monitor media which play by the rules but to monitor online media and netizens whose identities are usually unknown and operate in the dark.
He said the prime minister has been advised by various national reform committees to toughen the enforcement of laws to stop the spread of hatred and fake news.