Lese-Majeste and censorship : a thai minister has found the chinese way !

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry (ICT) says it will revoke the licences of internet service providers (ISPs) who fail to take appropriate action against clients who publish lese majeste content.

ICT Minister Mun Patanotai yesterday met ISP bosses and alerted the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) about the proposed tightened measures.

The regulation is being drafted and should come into effect later this month, he said.

If ISPs fail to shut down sites which contain lese majeste content after receiving three notices from the ministry, the NTC would be asked to revoke their licences immediately.

Mr Mun added that in particularly serious cases, the ministry would not need to issue three warnings before ordering the website to be closed.

Foreign-based websites offensive to the monarchy may be hard to close, but the ministry could block access to them from within Thailand, he added.

The ISPs were assured that they ran no risk of being sued for implementing the restrictions, Mr Mun said.

He explained that the amendment to the computer crime law the ministry and the NTC are working on will provide wider legal protection for the authorities in their attempts to rein in inappropriate websites. (Bangkok Post)

Congratulations mister -alleged- Minister ! You made a fool of yourself with your project to invest 500 millions THB (14 millions dollars) in a firewall to block 1000 websites “attacking the monarchy”.

People laughed at you because you were obviously over-charged like a tourist strolling around Patpongย  saturday night, like a sucker.

500 000 THB per website, that’s costly for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, congratulations with your new idea that we could summarize by “the chinese way”.

At last, you managed to understand that it’s much more cheaper to put pressure on the ISP… so they can make the dirty work for you. Free of charge of course ! And with zeal…

You’re a good pupil : you have learned the chinese way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 Responses to “Lese-Majeste and censorship : a thai minister has found the chinese way !”

  1. 1 chinesethai 9 November 2008 at 5:31 am


    Did you know who Man Patanothai was? He was formerly the right-hand aide of Wattana Assavahem, the notorious godfather who, like Thaksin, is convicted of a crime and fled arrest warrant to Cambodia.

    If you had only learned of these people’s backgrounds, you wouldn’t have been amazed why these people always come up with bigotries.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 9 November 2008 at 6:05 am

    Well, what can you say? This guy obviously has nothing better to do with his time than run around impressing people with his ‘I love the King therefore I am a good Thai therefore you should love me’ credentials.

    The poor stupid tossers haven’t even woken up that HMK doesn’t actually give a rats ass about Lese Majeste. Its only usefulness is for poorly educated and immature Thais to use as a weapon to prove their own power (‘poo-yay-ness’) to theselves.

    Sometimes you just have to despair the idiocy of these clowns. Until Thais stop electing these clods to positions of responsibility, their country will never make it into the developed world.

    Or even the real world.


  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 9 November 2008 at 8:05 am

    Thanks CT for the biographical details. Indeed, it says a lot… it explains everything ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Like always : information is power.

    And you might be right by talking of a pattern.

    The mafia style guys, who are depraved, are often the ones who take “moral stances”.

    It reminds me the infamous… Chalerm… The guy is a vulgar thug. And he’s proud of it, he even says it in public.

    This guy wants to stop sales of… alcohol. Because alcohol is baaaaaaaad ๐Ÿ˜‰

    By the way : he’s the Health Minister now… and before Interior Minister. We can say thank you to Samak and Somchai (oops sorry, Thaksin) for this brillant choice.

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