The old priority of the new ICT minister : to block websites “insulting the monarchy”

The good point with thai politics is that the more it changes, the less it changes. 😉

The new ICT Minister, who has by the way some very weird opinions about economy (look at my special gallery of Frankenstein ministers here) has announced her “new” priorities. Exactly like… the previous government.

The new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) minister has vowed to make it a priority to block websites insulting the monarchy.

Ranongrak Suwanchawee told senior ICT officials that most of the websites originated outside the country and would be blocked, as would sites considered obscene and those offering online games and gambling.

She said her predecessor in the post mistakenly believed that little could be done to control sites originating overseas. (Bangkok Post)

Laos has 3G mobile phone systems… Thailand doesn’t. The country prefers to pursue some absurd crusade against “websites insulting the monarchy”.

Well done Abhisit, with miss Ranongrak you have a real winner.

[by the way, if you want to know why 3G is blocked in Thailand, read this article from Bangkok Post]

4 Responses to “The old priority of the new ICT minister : to block websites “insulting the monarchy””


  1. 1 chinesethai 29 December 2008 at 9:26 am

    If they are so concerned about who insults the monarch, they should be more concerned about the rally of UDD Red Shirts.

    Take a look at this picture taken today.

    They’ve got a photograph of the King and Queen in the background. Beside it is a message which says “Thuggish Aristocrats”. In Thai, “Abhisit” means aristocratic.

    Only the stupid would tell that it is a mere coincidence.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 29 December 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Of course it isn’t a coincidence, but this is Thailand, the only thing of importance is that they can *pretend* it is a coincidence.

    The old [propaganda doesn’t seem to be working any more. They know perfectly well who is behind all of this shit. Same as I do, same as anyone with a brain.

    Bedwyr

  3. 3 Anon 29 December 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Chinesethai should take some Thai classes before making accusations of lese majeste. The sign says Abhisitchon “Jon”, meaning Privileged-people thieves. Abhisit means privilege. The sign basically says that “Abhisit (and other people-of-privilege like him) are thieves. As for the poster of the king and queen, you can’t have a protest these days without one.

    Besides, everyone who was at the Sanam Luang protest knows that the Red Shirts are really against Mae Nak (แม่นาค) 😉

  4. 4 chinesethai 30 December 2008 at 3:07 am

    One truth is, unlike the Yellow Shirts who pay to join the rally, these Red Shirts are paid to do so. Therefore, UDD cannot sustain rally longer than a day.

    Now the image is gone so quickly.

    Increasing number of farangs have been enlightened as the situation develop. Except for some farangs who are losing face becasue they still cling to the same old false belief, fed by ex-Communist Thais and worthless western media with their shoddy coverage, that this is about “Royalist Elite VS Anti-Royalist Poor”. How come did the poor in Southern, Western and Eastern Thailand join PAD rallies? How come did Non-Royalists like Ms Rosana Tositrakul (formerly Anti-Royalist) and Dr.Jermsak Pinthong not join UDD?

    The below pic is democracy according to the remaining farangs who fall prey to shoddy news coverage.


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