CCA a threat to the people

CCA a threat to the people

This week's arrest and detention of 12 people who shared the Koh Tao rape claim story on social media shows anyone who is sensible and has a moral conscience exactly how the misuse of the Computer Crime Act (CCA) can harm ordinary citizens.

The Royal Thai Police's Technology Crime Suppression Unit on Wednesday rounded up 12 people from various provinces and took them to Koh Tao police station for questioning and detention. They are facing computer crime charges for sharing a report by the CSI LA Facebook page on the alleged rape of a 19-year-old British woman on the island.

If found guilty, they will end up in jail for up to five years and/or be forced to pay a fine of up to 100,000 baht. Nobody should be subject to such harsh punishment for an act that tens of millions of people in Thailand do regularly. Reading news stories and sharing them with others on Facebook, without the intention of causing material and imminent harm to anyone, should not be construed as a crime.

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