FREEDOM ON THE NET 2023:
Internet Freedom Remains Under Threat in Thailand
12 October 2023
Global internet freedom declined for the 13th consecutive year as conditions deteriorated in 29 countries and improved in 20 others, according to Freedom on the Net 2023: The Repressive Power of Artificial Intelligence. The report released on October 4, 2023 by Freedom House found that internet freedom in Thailand remained under threat, ranking the country ‘NOT FREE’. The report also found that Iran suffered the year’s worst score decline as authorities shut down internet services and blocked social media to stifle anti-government protests. In two record highs, people in at least 55 countries faced legal repercussions for expressing themselves online, and governments in 41 countries blocked websites hosting political, social, and religious speech. Both practices persisted in China, which retained its title as the world’s worst environment for internet freedom for the ninth consecutive year.