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Did you know about the New Year’s gift of the Thai government to control online free speech?


While you’re here…

👉🏽 Check our campaign to #StopDigitalDictatorship in SEA;

👉🏽 Read our past efforts to combat digital authoritarianism and advocate for a more open and secure internet in Southeast Asia:

  1. Freedom on the Net 2022: Internet Freedom Remained Under Threat in Thailand, 19 October 2022

  2. Joint Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression: Freedom, Independence, Diversity of Media and the Safety of Journalists in Southeast Asia, January 2022

  3. Joint Submission to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Human Rights Due Diligence, Tech Sector Responsibilities and Business Transparency, February 2022

  4. Joint Submission to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 'The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age: Mass surveillance, Digital Contact-tracing, Social Media Monitoring, and Data Requests in Southeast Asia', June 2022

  5. Thailand UPR III Factsheet on Digital Rights, 9 September 2021

  6. Thailand UPR III Joint Submission on Digital Rights to the 39th Session of the UPR Working Group: Digital Rights, 25 March 2021


  1. UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (3rd Cycle), (21 December 2021), available at:

  2. UN Human Rights Council, The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet, UN Doc. A/HRC/38/L.10/Rev.1, (4 July 2018), available at:

  3. Engage Media, Thailand Computer Crime Act: Restricting Digital Rights, Silencing Online Critics, (8 June 2022), available at:

  4. TLHR, October 2022: Individuals Charged For Political Reasons Reached 1,864 in 1,145 Cases, (3 November 2022), available at:

  5. Article 19, Thailand: Content takedown rules will undermine free expression online, (15 December 2022), available at:

  6. iLaw, Notification from MDES orders service providers to remove illegal content within 24 hours, cutting opportunities for appeal, (24 November 2022), available at:


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