Censorship : courts order closure of 400 websites

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry has detected more than 1,200 websites that violated the Computer Crime Act – of which 344 had content deemed insulting to the monarchy.

The ministry said that between March and August this year, it detected more than 1,200 sites disturbing the peaceful social order and morality of the people, and/or which were considered detrimental to national security.

ICT Minister Mun Patanotai said the ministry has advised internet service providers to block these websites immediately and had sought court actions against them under article 20 of the law.

He said the court issued three orders shutting down about 400 sites, 344 of which carried material that was contemptuous of the royal family.

The ministry had also sought help from the police to bring all the violators to trial.

(Bangkok Post)

Comments ? I think it’s not necessary.

As far as censorship is concerned, the current government is perfectly equal to the Junta (designer of this infamous law in 2007).

15 Responses to “Censorship : courts order closure of 400 websites”

  1. 1 Bedwyr 2 September 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Well, that is true, but to be fair you have to consider the viewpoint of the pooh yai in Thailand.

    The interests of the pooh-yai are best served by keeping the people poor, stupid and compliant. Otherwise, the emptiness of the ‘por-jai’ approach to living which the pooh-yai declare is beneficial to all but themselves, will never be adoptred.

    The pooh-yai wan to be the sole arbiters of what is good and moral and upright in Thailand. Because otherwise, they have spent all this time getting old without ever receiving due respect and homage, which is just not on.

    Now being in the business of keeping Thais poor, stupid and compliant, thus ensuring a ready supply of cheap labour to exploit, freedom of expression is a no-no. Freedom to disagree with the dictated opinions of the pooh-yai is a definite no-no.

    Thais talking to each other is a recipe for disaster. They are clearly communists and republicans, and should be jailed immediately. Or killed of course, even better.


  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 2 September 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Bravo Beddwyr… Nice rant.

    And so true.

  3. 3 fall 2 September 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Another day in paradise.

  4. 4 Bedwyr 2 September 2008 at 3:10 pm

    But alas, the pooh-yai only succeeds in impressing himself.


    Everyone else just laughs.


  5. 5 Marvo 2 September 2008 at 4:19 pm

    So, Thailand Crisis lives to fight another day πŸ˜‰

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 2 September 2008 at 5:22 pm

    -> Marvo

    More than ever ! I’ve eaten some lions. πŸ˜‰

  7. 7 loris 5 September 2008 at 4:06 am

    Peaceful social order and morality of people. Who are they kidding?

  8. 8 Hoktula 10 October 2008 at 7:43 am


    I think you should also add to that list your own blog – since despite your earlier statement that you support “freedom of speech” it looks like in the end you decided to CENSOR my further comments.

  9. 9 chang dek 12 October 2008 at 11:59 pm

    I have noticed that you perform censorship on your “blog”, monsieur, please do not be a “hippocrite”, especially when it is not threatening to you…
    but thank you, infact I am not interested in commenting on blogs that only publish comments that are complimentary to their agenda…. au revouir

  10. 10 ThaiCrisis 13 October 2008 at 12:20 am

    What’s wrong with you two ?

    I’ve deleted one of your “comments” that was… a sentence in thai.

    I do not read thai.

    And this blog is for english readers. It’s not that hard to understand and it has nothing to do with censorship.

  11. 11 Hoktula 14 October 2008 at 6:57 am


    I am doing quite well and am just fine – thanks for asking !
    so, nothing wrong with me.

    but it looks like something is wrong with you blog.
    because several of my comments attempted to be posted 2-3 days earlier – miraculously did NOT appear at all (like those to your post ‘Infamy…’)

    so, since here you say that you do not censor (as previously you said you do not have “rules”) – the only explanation I can find is: it must be something wrong with your blog then. which is quite strange: how come here my 10th Oct comment is displayed, but in some other places my comments stopped to appear. is that some “glitch” ? πŸ˜‰

  12. 12 ThaiCrisis 14 October 2008 at 7:34 am

    I’ve got no idea. Perhaps if you post too many comments, too fast, then WordPress blocks them, as “spam”.

  13. 13 Hoktula 19 November 2008 at 12:17 pm

    now I am convinced that you do censorship (“moderation”).

    because already several of my comments have been censored out – simply never appeared.

  14. 14 ThaiCrisis 19 November 2008 at 1:45 pm

    -> Hoktula.

    The answer is YES.

    I’m a big censor maniac. I’ve got huge cisors. I’m very bad, very mean. I live “censorship”, I breath “censorship”, I sleep “censorship”.
    Actually, my main purpose on this earth is to censor… you.

    Bottom line : you’re invited on this blog. If I don’t like your comments for X, Y or Z reason, it’s like that.

    I tried to explain the situation before, but obviously some people just don’t get it. I don’t care if left, right or middle, PAD or not PAD, Thaksinista or Thaksinhater…

    I just want people who behave, and who can post -from time to time- some interesting remarks

    But I’m fed up with empty rants, posted over and over again.

    So long. Adieu. Ciao.

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