House Rules

We welcome your opinions. We want our readers to see and contribute to different points of view, but we don't want this space to become a snake pit or cockfight ring. So Phuket Gazette editors moderate what is written here. They have a mandate to temper or delete your comments where they find it advisable, in either your interests or the Gazette's, to do so.

Our editors have established some short and simple rules – as few of them as possible – and would ask your cooperation in following them.

Rule 1: Make no comment which could be considered Lèse Majesté
Lèse majesté, sometimes translated into English as 'lese majesty', has a number of definitions. However, the one most relevant here is, “an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state”.

Thailand's Criminal Code has carried a prohibition against lèse majesté since 1908. The constitution of Thailand contains the following clause: “The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated. No person shall expose the King to any sort of accusation or action.” And the Thai Criminal Code elaborates: “Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to 15 years.”

Any comments considered by our editors to offend, or to raise any prospect of offending, the dignity of His Majesty The King of Thailand or any member of the Thai Royal Family will be deleted.

Rule 2: Make no comment which could be considered defamatory
Once your comment is online, everyone with Internet access can read it. You can express a strong opinion, but please do not go over the top. Don't forget that:

  • you are legally responsible for whatyou submit.

  • Thailand's Defamation Statutes are widely perceived as draconian.

  • Thailand's Information & Technology (ICT) Ministry is powerful and active on the Web. Defamation is one of the key violations they look for.

  • your use of a pseudonym or bogus email address here may well not put you beyond the reach of the enforcers of Thai Defamation Law.

Do not make or encourage comments which are:

  • defamatory, false or misleading;

  • insulting, threatening or abusive;

  • obscene or otherwise of a sexual nature;

  • offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religion.

Any comments considered by our editors to be defamatory, or to run a clear risk of being perceived by a Thai court or other local authority as defamatory, will be deleted, as will any other comments proscribed in this Rule.

Rule 3: Do not attempt to inspire contempt for any contributor; for any other person, group, club, association, charity or business; or for the operation of the forum itself

If you would like to discuss the operation of this forum with us, please email us at [email protected]

Rule 4: Confidentiality, privacy and contempt
Please respect people's privacy. Don't submit confidential or private information, e.g., the telephone number, email address or any other contact details of any person.

Don't write anything which could prejudice pending or on-going court proceedings of which you are aware. For example, if you have any personal knowledge about someone who has been arrested or charged, or who is being investigated or prosecuted for an offense, you must not mention it. If you do, you could be found in contempt of court, which is an extremely serious matter.

Rule 5: No advertising, solicitation or investigations
Please do not use this forum for:

  • the promotion of any products or services or for any other commercial purpose;

  • any sponsorship, petition, campaign, scheme or chain message;

  • any investigations e.g., tracing the whereabouts of any person.

Rule 6: No impersonation or misrepresentation
Do not pretend to be someone else, either expressly or by suggestion, avatar, photo or image, and do not misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity. Do not pose as an expert; another user of this forum; a government officer; or an employee or the Phuket Gazette or any other company or organization you do not lawfully represent.

Rule 7: No linking or copyright infringement
Please do not insert links to websites (URLs) or submit content which would be an infringement of copyright.

Rule 8: No use of languages other than English
Because the Phuket Gazette publishes in English only, and because the forum is fast-paced and does not allow time for our editors to seek outside translations, we regret we are unable to accept comments in any language other than English.

Rule 9: Removal of content
Reader comments that violate the letter or spirit of these rules may be removed (or not placed on line at all). If we do remove something, we will generally remove whole posts, or even, where necessary, whole threads. This means that even if only one sentence is objectionable, the whole comment will usually be removed (or not published in the first place).

If a comment or a thread is removed, we hope you will understand that it is either because of a conflict with these rules or a reader complaint. In the case of the latter, legal proceedings, or notification of intent to commence legal proceedings, against you, the Gazette, or both, may be in motion (whatever the rights or wrongs).

Rule 10: Use of content
As all contents in this forum contain, support or differ with opinion, Gazette editors may select your comment for publication in the Letters to the Editor page of the hard-copy Phuket Gazette newspaper, or in the Gazette Online, in which case your identity will be the same as you present it in this forum, where pseudonyms are permitted. In no case, however, will your email address be disclosed. You agree that in the absence of written instructions from you to the contrary, you authorize the Phuket Gazette to use your comment(s) on these terms and in this manner.