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Thailand is moving to take 1 step towards transparency and 2 steps back, as a proposed amendment to the Official Information Act moves from the public’s right of access towards protecting state secrets. The new amendment would give exception to disclosure of anything considered to have the potential to harm the monarchy, military affairs and national security. A chapter named “Information Prohibited from Disclosure” proposes a list of exceptions that eat away at the original intention of the act to allow the public to see government data. The bill also increases punishment for violators of up to 200,000 baht in […]

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Just another inevitable step towards total autocracy or dictatorship; whichever you'd prefer, since there's little difference, given PM Prayut's all-too-evident leanings.

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