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TIT – Bloggers and Social Media celebrities will soon have to wear badge

Thailand seems to be a huge professional wrestling fan as it gives the country’s press freedom the John Cena treatment. You can’t see it. As my-thai.org heard from reliable sources, Social Media users (bloggers, ‘net idols’) in Thailand who are not in possession of a journalism license, but insist on writing or broadcasting about political issues, will soon have to wear yellow badges on their arms in order to identify themselves to the public and government officers.

This goes hand in hand with the introduced bill that will require journalists to obtain a journalism license issued by a government panel. As this bill is expected to be passed despite all of Thailand’s media opposing it, the next step, the identification of social media users, just seems to be the logical development.

“Everybody who fails to identify themselves as critical Social Media user but keeps posting inappropriate messages on social media will be prosecuted and send to specific centers (“Sean Spicer Memorial Centers for Press Education – SSMCFPE) and be dealt with in appropriate manner.” – Government office spokesman Songpasuk Kidmaiao stated towards my-thai.org.

This rule, for Social Media users to identify themselves, obviously received mixed reactions, especially from some of those liberal know-it-all governments like Germany and, well there aren’t many more liberal countries left now, but they all condemned said move. On the other hand US President Trump voiced his pleasure with the decision and vowed to do the same in the US saying:

“Great move by Taiwan. Smart people. Building great phones. Send my tweets from a Samsung. Good leaders. #MASSA”

Further praise came from Turkey’s supreme leader president Recep Erdoğan who called it ‘the right move towards a guided democracy’. Kim Jong-Un also wanted to congratulate Thailand on this idea but his tweet wasn’t able to leave North Korea.

Thailand, however,  does understand that it needs to work hard to avoid the spilling of negative influence of this law onto the tourism industry as the country relies heavily on drunk European, American and Australian backpackers. Since those target audiences are heavily influenced by, and very aware of, social media, Thailand came up with a neat idea: Foreign social media users will not have to wear a yellow badge but will instead receive a free tattoo with a unique ID number right at the immigration check point when entering the country. “Those western tourists like to get tattoos at Khaosan Road anyways, so that should be a very pleasing experience for them”, Kidmaiao told us. He then added “they even can choose the color of their tattoo as long as it is black, and it’s for free!”.

In addition to the unique tattoo for tourists, Thailand will brand the new law as “FREEXIT” and sell hats with the hashtag “MAGA” (why think about something unique when there’s already something to be copied).

Image Credit: WWE.
just like john cena you can't see press freedom in thailand
just like john cena you can’t see press freedom in thailand

 

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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