BANGKOK, Thailand A 21-year-old Cambodian man has been arrested for trying to defame the Thai government by releasing fake news online, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported.
The Cambodian man would be handed over to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) to face criminal charges, Deputy Commissioner of Tourist Police Bureau, Pol Maj Gen. Surachet Hakpan, told a press conference at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
He allegedly claimed in a fake news article that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha told Thai people to fill up their cars with water instead of diesel causing the general public to grow concerned over rising gas prices.
Surachet said the man's action was clearly an intent to damage the reputation of the government. He had posted three fake online news regarding the Thai government and the premier prior to his arrest.
Six Thai nationals, who were found to have been involved in the release of those fabricated articles, said they were only sharing information on social media without any intention to instigate conflicts.
If found guilty, they will face a maximum jail term of five years or a maximum fine of 100,000 baht (around US$3,100) for violating the Computer Crime Act.
Source: NAM News Network