21,000 oppose new cyber laws

21,000 oppose new cyber laws

Nearly 21,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the imposition of new cyber-security laws in Thailand.

Sarinee Achavanuntakul (left), chairman of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture, submits a petition to Chumpol Rodkhamdee, chairman of the media and information technology-reform committee of the National Reform Council on Tuesday. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

Sarinee Achavanuntakul, chairman of the Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture, and representatives from the Thai Netizen Network, a non-profit advocacy group promoting online privacy and internet freedom, submitted 20,905 names of people signed through website Change.org opposing the proposed cyber legislation.

The names were presented to Chumpol Rodkhamdee, chairman of the media and information technology-reform committee of the National Reform Council, and Kamnoon Sidhisamarn, spokesman for the Constitution Drafting Committee.

The group urged the committee to delay issuance of the digital-security law and open it for public comment in order to ensure the new laws will not violate personal freedom.

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