Et voila ! Another day in the Magical Kingdom… where humans and animals live in harmony, on the banks of river of honey and gold. And where… the most important thing is : to avoid loosing face.
Thailand ? You can choose between Lalaland or Disneyland, with Inspecteur Clouseau or Forrest Gump.
The Thai distributor of the Economist said Tuesday it had banned this week’s edition of the magazine because it contained a story critical of His Majesty the King.
Asia Bookssaid the article, which discussed thealleged role in politics of the King,”risks insulting the monarchy.” […]
“Police have talked to importers and distributors who agreed not to import the issue of Dec 6-10 because an article in the magazine criticised the monarchy,” said Pol Lt Gen Thiradet Rodphothong, commander of Special BranchPolice.
“Therefore the police do not have to officially ban the magazine,” he said. (AFP)
What a piece of work of the famous thai rethoric !
Any rational mind would infere that : if the police asked the distributor to ban the magazine, then… we could say that the police has itself banned the magazine.
But in Thailand, logic doesn’t apply.
Anyway. Those 2 famous articles (already) are going to get even more audience after this news from AFP (press agency serving medias worldwide).
Congratulations to the police !
And those 2 articles are online (with copies probably on hundreds of servers)… and will stay on the Internet for ever.
We are waiting now the thai police to “not ban” The Economist’s website, so the thai ISP’s could “ban not” the website. I mean something like that… I’m confused now. 😉