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NLA insists there is no turning back on computer crime bill despite protests

The National Legislative Assembly will not back down on its push for the passage of the new computer crime law despite increasing protests by netizens fearing that the law will usher in the dreaded Single Gateway.

Pol Gen Chatchaval Suksomchit, chair of the subcommittee scrutinizing computer crime bill, announced Wednesday that the bill had come a long way to the point of no turning back.

He said that the bill would be postponed for final reading's deliberation on December 16 instead of December 15 as the NLA would be too loaded with bills on that day.

He insisted that the bill was amended and improved better than the old version.

Meanwhile, it was reported that about 160,000 netizens signed up in one single day in the change.org website to protest against the computer crime bill.

Mr Arthit Suriyawongkul, coordinator of netizen network, said that more than 160,000 netizens had signed up to oppose the bill. All the signatures will be submitted to the NLA on Thursday together with a letter of protest ahead of the final deliberation of the bill by the NLA on Friday.

Several websites such as iLaw Thai Netizen, Single Gateway: Thailand Internet Firewall and Thailand F5 Cyber Army Against Single Gateway have been actively campaigning online against the controversial bill.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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