Twitter announced last week it would allow censorship in order to respect local laws, prompting debate
worldwide over freedom of speech.
Thailand's Information and Communication Technology Ministry (ICTM) said
Twitter's move to censor or block content regarded as offensive in particular countries was a "welcome development".
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In Thailand, censorship laws are already tough and heavily enforced, with the Computer Crime Act regarded
by critics and experts as having a troubling and detrimental impact on freedom of expression in the country.
Political activist Sombat Boonngamanong said
censorship was appropriate only in the case of human rights violations or criminal activity, but not for expressing political views.
"It's a dangerous and sensitive issue to censor political views," he said
In addition to the Computer Crime Act, Bangkok enforces a draconian lese-majeste law, which shields the Royal Family from criticism or public debate.
Lese-majeste, also known as law 112, is widely regarded
as "neither necessary nor proportionate" and as a violation of Thailand’s international human rights obligations.
Nevertheless, the government vowed
its determination to block any form of amendment and a group of Thai scholars who proposes changes has been intimidated and threatened.
In a country with a long history of socio-political violence, a dangerous standoff
is building up between the ultra-conservative, hyper-royalist and pro-censorship bloc and those urging to reform the current legislation.