Censorship in action
The government of Thailand has stopped access to online video-sharing website YouTube.com. This ban was implemented when Google refused to remove a video clip from the site that seemed to mock the king of Thailand.
Communications Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom said that he has given out an order to ban the entire site from Thailand, as Google did not heed to removing the alleged slanderous content.
“Since Google has rejected our repeated requests to withdraw the clip, we can’t help blocking the entire site in Thailand,” said Sitthichai.
“When they decide to withdraw the clip, we will withdraw the ban,” he said.
YouTube aired a 44-second clip ridiculing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, who is revered by all 63 million Thais.
This acting government is doing more damage than good. Firstly banning any political parties and now going beyond what is democratic. It does worry me about the way Thailand is heading, from a political point of view they really are making it hard for anyone to take this caretaker government seriously.