Thai Cabinet approves regulations to control advertisements that they say triggers social harms

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The Thai Cabinet Committee yesterday, September 14th, has agreed to issue laws and regulations to control advertising messages that could, according to them, trigger social harms as well as messages alluding to the highest institution of Thailand.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul stated that the committee has approved the draft ministerial regulations to stipulate advertisements of goods or services that could cause danger and harm to the public as well as a draft proposal to revoke advertisements of alcoholic beverages and caffeine-containing beverages in cinemas and on billboards.

Such advertisements also include messages mentioning freebies, rewards by gambling, and giveaways or giving rights/benefits for free, according to her statement.

Additionally, advertisements of condominium units that have not yet been legally registered or have been registered without specifying the details or providing plots of land and condominium sales without identifying specific details according to the conditions prescribed by law will also be prohibited.

The draft regulation will also include messages and advertisements that refer to His Majesty the King, the Queen, the heir-appointed, or the regent that has been done without royal permission unless it is a statement prescribed by law or given permission by the Royal family.

Additionally, the revocation draft for the advertisements of alcoholic beverages and caffeine-containing beverages in cinemas and on billboards will be further reviewed as there are currently similar laws that specifically regulate the advertisements, including the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act 2008 and the Food Act. This will ensure that all laws are “on the same page” and that there are no grey areas.

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