Thailand: Activist Group Formally Submits Proposal to Repeal Anti-Porn Legislation

BANGKOK —  A group led by a local OnlyFans creator and a pro-democracy activist formally submitted yesterday a petition to amend Thai legislation and legalize the production and distribution of adult content in Thailand.

The group Charoen Porn was led by creator Khai-Nao and activist Tanat Thanakitamnuay, who goes by the handle “Looknut.”

According to a report by the Pattaya News, the petition, “with about 20 signatures of prominent petitioners, was handed over to Dr. Sukit Atthopakon, Advisor to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, proposing a draft Act on the Criminal Code amendment relating to pornography and obscenity.”

“Entertainment media and sexual media should now be clearly separated for specific purposes and groups of consumers,” said a spokesperson. “But currently, the law is there to oppress the obscene media, claiming that it was against the law and Thai morality.”

The leaders called the harsh — and often flouted in practice — Thai obscenity statute “obsolete and archaic, essentially barring all pornography.”

“Thai people are prohibited from creating adult images and videos on internally recognized legal adult platforms that can earn a pleasurable amount of money for their living, especially during the COVID-19 global pandemic,” the group argued.

“We (the petitioners) mutually agree that adult films, or simply known as ‘porn,’ do not hurt anyone as long as the producers are regulated under the amended law,” their document stated. “Something like child porn or pornography with violent content should continue to be illegal. But pornography that contains beautiful and entertaining elements should be legalized as a part of freedom of expression. No adult should be inferior or limited in expressing such things.”

According to the news report, the advisor to the speaker of the House of Representatives speaker “received the demand and stated to the press that officials would check the statement in the petition under constitutional correctness. The final process will be notified to the petitioners in order to complete a list of 10,000 names from the public before proposing the law amendment in the parliament.”

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