At PPT we’ve recently had several posts that have commented on aspects of the militarization of the law under the military dictatorship as well as its concoction of “laws” that serve its interests, mainly by allowing the ready repression of opponents.
The Bangkok Post recently reported on how such circumstances are manipulated for junta convenience for the web. Sawatree Suksri, a law lecturer at Thammasat University and member of Nitirat observes that website administrators have their pages “shut down by authorities [and] do not have a fair chance to defend their rights in court…”.
Officially, a court order is required to shut down a web page or site, but seldom do the authorities bother with a legal case. Sawatree states that:
In most cases, state agencies demanding the removal of specific content do not file legal charges against the administrators. They simply gather evidence and forward their request to the court, which will in turn issue an order….
This process allows no opportunities for the legality of the closure to be challenged.
She noted that a “page from the Nitirat website has been blocked for the past two years. Still, no formal complaint has been lodged against us.”
That page” contained a transcript of the Khana Rasadorn’s declaration when they abolished the absolute monarchy in Thailand in 1932, which was simply a piece of historical evidence,” but it had been blocked.
Nitirat was unable to “appeal against the court’s decision because there had been no hearing. As it was a court order rather than an administrative order, they could not file a complaint with the Administrative Court.”
Just one more example of how the junta manipulates law is a tool for repression, usually with the connivance of the judiciary and military courts.