Thai authorities block one Wikipedia page about the King

Here we go again… The thai authorities are putting their dirty fingers into web censorship, toying with freedom of expression (a totally foreign concept for them). Well actually, it never ended.

It started with Thaksin, then the Junta made it an art form… And of course, the “democratically elected” government last december continued the job... With great celerity.

All of them, the PPP, the military, the monarchists, the communists, the PAD, the nudists, the pet lovers, the soccer supporters, the golf players, the UFO believers, and of course the sweet Democrats, leaded by the sweet and Ofxord educated Abhisit. They love it. All of them. Not one to condemn such policy.

What a joke.

Check my Censorship category… there are some tasty stories…

So what the fuss is about this time ? Some insulting video made by teenagers ? Some porn ? A threat to national security ? Nope. A wikipedia page dedicated to the King.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej

This specific page is currently blocked in Thailand. Confirmed on True ADSL in Bangkok, Maxnet, Loxinfo (but working on TOT).

The golden medal of the hypocrisy goes to True. Those bastards just display the regular “Not found” page…

Loxinfo is more honest and displays a message (in thai and english) : “This URL has been blocked by a Court order or it could have an affect on or be against the security of the Kingdom, public order or good morals.

The stupid pathetic war continues… Some little civil servants must be sweating in their caves, pursuing the “public order and good morals“… Like their chinese counterparts. With one big difference : China doesn’t hide itself. Thailand does. Behind smoke and mirrors.

Hey ! I’ve got a news for you. The Economist has 2 articles on line that “could have an affect on or be against the security of the Kingdom, public order or good morals.”

Dare to censor the newspaper’s website ? πŸ˜‰ Come on. Come to daddy. It’s easier to ban an anonymous webpage on wikipedia… than the website of an important and respected international media, right ?

Oh I forgot they need a “court order”. Unless, like usual, there is nothing more than a theater of shadows… And no court order at all…

20 Responses to “Thai authorities block one Wikipedia page about the King”


  1. 1 ralphmalph 6 December 2008 at 10:09 am

    Ninja cloak is your friend: http://www.ninjacloak.com/i

    Dunno, it didn’t seem too bad to me. Apart from the bits about meddling in politics and accumulating huge amounts of money on the back of the poor farmers, but hey, only dummies, the wilfully stupidn and the completely brainwashed didn’t know all that already.

    RaphieMalphie

  2. 2 STUF 6 December 2008 at 10:17 am

    Why care about this block – just search Wikipedia and then click on the “cache” which hasn’t been blocked

  3. 3 doctor zaius 6 December 2008 at 10:21 am

    TOT isn’t blocking this site.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 6 December 2008 at 10:51 am

    This is why is even more frustrating, enraging : nothing really special on this wikipedia page (I mean nothing we can’t find elsewhere)… and we have plenty of tools to read it.

    The Chinese at least do a good work if I may say… They are serious.

    But Thailand is the land of nonsense : True blocks. But not TOT (a public company !)

    Why ? There is no why. And there is no reason. There can’t be. It’s just like that.
    πŸ˜‰

    One morning, you are chimp, you wake up. And you see the Big Black Monolith, here in front of you. It wasn’t there the day before.

    Why ? How ? No answer. It’s like that.

    In Thailand, I’ve got the feeling to be this… chimp.

    It’s 2001 Space Odyssey all over. πŸ˜‰

    By the way, a great tune from the 70s, not yet banned.

    Afterall, it’s good to be a chimp… I want my black monolith.

  5. 5 fall 6 December 2008 at 11:45 am

    LOL, link via TRUE got this page:

    Under Construction
    The site you are trying to view does not currently have a default page. It may be in the process of being upgraded and configured.
    Please try this site again later. If you still experience the problem, try contacting the Web site administrator.

    …but it redirect to site http://w3.mict.go.th/

    Wikipedia… underconstruction… oh, got redirect? Mai pen rai… Sabai Sabai…

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 6 December 2008 at 11:51 am

    Fall… : it’s the Big Black Monolith. πŸ˜‰

    Just another proof of the total Lalaland we are living in.

    Where do you use True ADSL ? Bangkok or another city ?

    As for the “under construction” it’s normal… Part of the True censorship system redirects toward a website “under construction” (the one from the ICT ministry, w3.mict.go.th, that is supposed to display a “warning” message with their logo http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/images/neblock.jpg )), other part will just display “not found”.

    I mean they can’t EVEN FIGURE OUT THAT THE REDIRECTION they choose is a dead one, to a site currently off line !

  7. 7 fall 6 December 2008 at 11:55 am

    LMFAO, after a bit of browsing. This page seem to work.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol

    If the court can copy&paste, so can Wiki.
    Got redirected? Wiki redirect you back!

    Let’s see how long it take for MICT to figure that out.

  8. 8 Clem 6 December 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I would imagine this will be among many once they actually see some of the articles being written out there. That of course will then lead to articles about the blockage which will then also be blocked…

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 6 December 2008 at 12:08 pm

    That’s of course the fundamental flaw of censorship… When you ban something, you attract attention… therefore you get the opposite effect you initially wanted to obtain…

    Wikipedia has several pages dedicated to the King. This one, now partially banned, will get more readers.

    That’s all.

    It’s mechanical, it’s simple, it’s a universal and classic human behaviour…

    But it’s too complicated for the guys in their offices in Bangkok to understand.

    They can always say that it’s a “mistake”, a technical error… This is why, I bet they won’t touch the website of The Economist…

  10. 10 Gloomy Observer 6 December 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Based on their appalling customer service and confusing, contradictory packages, I have long argued that True should be called False. It is certainly how I refer to them.

  11. 11 olivier 6 December 2008 at 1:57 pm

    your blog is not in google anymore, when we type thai crisis : nothing (it’s the keyword that reached me here few weeks ago). Maybe you are blacklisted ?

  12. 12 Bedwyr 6 December 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Hey TC.

    I bin tryin to get rid of a black monolith. You wannit?

    It keeps humming. Around here somewhere…

    Bedwyr

  13. 13 ThaiCrisis 6 December 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Olivier : I think the explanation is much more simple. A few weeks ago… I was (almost) the only one to have those famous key words “thai”+”crisis”… But of course since the Airport circus… thousands of other websites (with of course much higher traffic than mine) used those words too.
    πŸ˜‰
    So i’m still here : just far, far behind.

  14. 14 Jon 6 December 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Still working on AIS/1-2-Call GPRS and TOT. Many pages that are supposedly blocked are available on these two services. The only site of note that I have trouble reaching is pcpthai.org, on TOT.

  15. 15 Jon 6 December 2008 at 5:18 pm

    ThaiCrisis: Us geeks sum up your comment above with the following shorthand:

    1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streissand_effect
    2) “the Internet should interpret censorship as damage and route around it”.

    …with help from good people like you and facthai.wordpress.com

  16. 16 Jon 6 December 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Interesting …. the Wikipedia article receives very little attention, despite its ‘featured article’ status – all the edits being done by registered users rather than ‘drive-by’ IP addresses.

    The only recent edit of note added the ‘2008 crisis’ section which mentions Queen Sirikit’s attendance at the PAD funeral and ‘coverage’ from the international press of the protagonist’s role in the troubles – rounding off with a notable quote from the Economist. Also this paragraph was edited:

    “On 14 July 2006, Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda addressed graduating cadets of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, telling them that the Thai military must serve the King – not the Government.”

    ‘Country’ was changed to ‘King’.

    User is a native speaker of English whose edit history reveals a near-exclusive focus on Thailand and a close attention to the article on Thaksin. I don’t mean to denigrate in any way – this editor’s specialization is obvious, and he’s spooked the authorities.

    The Thai version is much more heavily edited, and with much more persistence, while remaining much shorter, and only using the most reverential articles for the period 2549-present.

  17. 17 ThaiCrisis 6 December 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Fascinating Jon !

    Thanks for the technical details.

    What do you mean by “close attention to the article on Thaksin” ? It means this user “edits” also articles on Thaksin, with a certain -positive- bias ?

    Anyway. I would like to say that even if this article was a torpedo (without bad joke) launched by Thaksin’s supporters, I wouldn’t care.

    The very idea of censorship is just unbearable.

  18. 18 Jon 6 December 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Edits of the Thaksin article, of late, are often done from ‘anon’ users rather than registered editors. The editor I reference hasn’t been so busy and the edits I looked at I would characterize as enforcing a view between ‘sympathetic’ and ‘neutral’ – not ‘positive’.

  19. 19 tom_bkk 8 December 2008 at 1:41 am

    Well, they blocked the whole parameter http://www.anything.com/?search_query=bhumibol πŸ˜‰ you can replace the URL by anything you want, as long as there is the string “?search_query=bhumibol” behind I get a “404 error : File not found The URL you requested was not found” here on CS LOXINFO. Some kind of funny way to block in the Internet hub Thailand.

  20. 20 Kiwi 14 December 2008 at 7:47 am

    You can open the ‘politically incorrect’ one easy using http://zend2.com/ and see the differences.

    The ‘correct one’ is totally des-informative, just some ‘smooth as silk’ text that keeps everybody smile. While the ‘wrong’ one gives true information (what Wikipedia is made for) e.g. about the disease His Royal Highness is suffering etc. It is clear this does not fit into the fairytail Thais (must) believe in !


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