Freedom of speech or freedom to insult
With someone has begun to post the video clip that insult His Majesty the King of Siam months ago, Thai authority has requested Youtube to consider removing the offended materials.
Youtube has ignored the request from Thai authority, claiming that removing the material would contradict the principal of freedom of speech.
That has lead to the decision from Thai authority to block access to youtube from Thai net space.
Looking at the background of the issue as I said above, one would need to ask what exactly is Freedom of speech and when it is no longer Freedom of speech.
Freedom of speech is based on the democracy system that allows people to express their political belief legally.
The term legally means, we are free to express our opinion as long as we play the game by the rule. And that rule pretty much depends on what country does it refer to. (Some are different from the other, of course).
In Thailand, the rule is that it is illegal to insult the monarchy institution as it is placed beyond the state political issue. The fact that it is illegal means insulting the royal institution is no longer considered Freedom of speech in state of Siam.
However, it is fair to say that Youtube feels it has all the right in the world to ignore Thai laws because its business is operating under USA laws.
And it is also fair to say that , the Thai authority has all the right in the world to impose Thai laws within the state of Thailand, which is to cease Youtube operation in its Kingdom.
By the way, to answer the question asked by Daniel in his previous post (http://bangkok.metblogs.com/archives/2007/04/youtubecom_stil.phtml#comments), which is how would one moderate uploads so as to not offend the world?
The answer to that is, you don’t always have to know when do you offend someone, but you should apologise after you were told.