Freedom of speech always has been a somewhat hazy concept, but it would appear a new threshold has been reached. The head of the technology police claims he is watching social media and has the ability to know what everyone does, every moment they are online.
In return for sticking to agreed subjects for Facebook posts and Line messaging, for example, the police will not cause any bother. The government's spokesman defends this policy.
The policeman is Pol Maj Gen Pisit Pao-in, head of the Technology Crime Suppression Division. He caused quite a stir when he laid down some strict new rules for online behaviour. Discussion of whether there will be a coup, for example, is off-limits. Clicking "like" on such a discussion is punishable by five years in prison. The chief internet censor, Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap, seconded the threat, twice.