Crowdsourcing of suppression comes to Thailand

commentary posted 2016-05-07 - last updated 2016-05-27
Denounce Thy Neighbor

Activist’s Mother Defamed Monarchy With Her Silence, Police Say: Patnaree Chankij, the mother of a prominent student activist, never sent a single message insulting the monarchy, police said Friday evening as they denied her release.

However, it was the fact she received such messages but made no effort to reprimand their sender for which she will be tried on a royal defamation charge... in the first known instance of someone charged under such reasoning.

Denounce Thy Neighbor

Persecution of Li Fanwu
Photo by Li Zhensheng

Although such reasoning may be new to Thailand, "Denounce Thy Neighbor" (or else suffer their fate) was the Golden Rule of another land, not so far away, not too long ago.

One of the most ugly aspects of life in Communist China during the Mao Zedong era was the Party’s demand that people inform on each other routinely and denounce each other during political campaigns. This practice had a profoundly destructive effect on human relationships. Husbands and wives became guarded with each other, and parents were alienated from their children.
--- Nien Cheng, Life and Death in Shanghai
I think this issue will make people in the future live in a very dangerous situation.
--Teerapan Pankeeree, a member of Thai Lawyer for Human Rights group

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