So far so good. Readers of the Nation express joy again being able to watch videos.
Well, my provider haven't opened yet. I'm patiently waiting.
Four month this rediculous row took. Of Thai selfglorification, of taken themselves so serious, that it is out of any context for Westerners to
Let me shortly remind you the cause of the row was a video deemed offending to Thai monarchy. The Lese Majestice law is the most serious act in the
That law has been around always. A rather new one is the Computer Crime Act. Like many laws of the country this one too is enforced in secret.
From today's The Nation
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister yesterday denied any knowledge of two Thais being arrested under the new Computer
Crime Act for posting offensive comments about the monarchy.Published on September 2, 2007
The arrest was reported on the front page of the Financial Times' weekend edition. The paper quoted a senior official as saying that "in recent weeks,
authorities have used a new computer crime law to arrest two Thais, now in custody, for offensive comments about the monarchy on Internet chat
The Computer Crime Act, proposed by the ICT Ministry, took effect recently and allows police to seize computers of people suspected of disseminating
"insulting or pornographic" content.
The law raised concerns among both local and international human rights organisations such as Reporters Without Borders, which said it might result in
an increasingly restrictive policy towards free expression online. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Slightly off topic, but connected.
Following a farangs view from The Nation's blog
. A real good read.
Still, nobody has come out looking good. The MICT and the entire junta have exposed their hypocritical and outmoded way of thinking. The junta
are so used to censoring and intimidating anyone who disagrees with their view, they had no method of communication or debate with an agency they
could not control.
And while youtube is the most prominent example, it is far from isolated. MICT (or rather now "voluntary" censorship by ISP's) is huge. Web sites can
be blocked for any number of reasons, all of which are classed as "a threat to national security". Midnight University, a chat forum for Thai
students, was closed down after it was critical of the coup in Thailand. Many sites remain blocked and others are falling victim to the censors each
day.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
More than 30.000 websites are said to be blocked in Thailand.
(visit the link for the full news article)