Once Again- When In Thailand, Respect the Laws and be Careful What You Say On and Offline

Thailand is a great country, but some of the laws and rules in Thailand are different from other countries. When you visit Thailand, follow the rules. Period.

Last week saw a ruling against a webmaster regarding comments on a website- the comments defamed the royal family. The website did not author any of the comments, but failed to monitor responses to an article–the responses contained the defamation. The webmaster was sentenced to a jail term, though the sentence was suspended.

This means you could be held responsible for comments that someone makes on a web property that you own or administer–like Facebook. Please understand the laws and rules before you visit Thailand to avoid any issue, someone writing improper comments on your Facebook page could land you in trouble.

Google had a very strong- and negative- reaction to the ruling of the case: http://googlethailand.blogspot.jp/2012/05/threat-to-potential-of-thailands.html

Please follow this link for a very good summary of the case: http://thenextweb.com/asia/2012/05/30/thailand-hands-webmaster-suspended-sentence-in-landmark-royal-defamation-case/?awesm=tnw.to_1Ec2j&utm_campaign=social%20media&utm_medium=Twitter%20Publisher&utm_source=Twitter&utm_content=Thailand%20hands%20webmaster%20suspended%20sentence%20in%20landmark%20royal%20defamation%20case

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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