Thailand's rubber-stamp parliament has unanimously passed a new cyber-crime law that strengthens the junta's ability
to police the web and repress criticism.
The junta has banned protests, muzzled the press, blocked scores of websites and used already stringent cyber and defamation laws to prosecute critics over everything from Facebook comments to investigative reports on rights abuses.
The new law is even more vaguely-worded than its predecessor, broadening the scope of the government's surveillance and censorship powers. It allots up to five years in prison for entering false information into a computer system that jeopardises
national security, public safety, national economic stability or public infrastructure, or causes panic .
One of the most controversial additions is the creation of a five-person committee that can seek court approval to remove online content considered a breach of public morals . The definition (of this term) is not written in any law, it is just up
to the committee.
Another new clause empowers authorities to request user and traffic data from internet service providers without a court warrant.