Saturday, September 01, 2007

Just imagine if Venezuela did this 

Not content simply to overthrow a democratically elected government the powers that be in Thailand went out of their way to make it difficult for people to complain about it:

Thai censors lifted their ban Friday after five months of blocking the online video site because it had carried material seen as insulting to the country’s highly venerated king.

The site’s management has agreed to block any future clips that are deemed offensive to Thai culture or that violate Thai law, said Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, the minister of information and communications technology.

Mr. Sitthichai said the agreement with YouTube — a site that allows people to post and share video clips — had been reached some time ago, but that there had been technical problems in implementing it.

“Any clip that we think is illegal, we will inform YouTube and YouTube will have a look independently,” he said. “If YouTube agrees that it is illegal for Thailand or against Thai culture, they will block it from viewers in Thailand.”

People outside Thailand would be able to view the clips, he said, just as they are able to buy books that are banned in Thailand.

So no critical YouTube videos. Oh, and just for safe measure no critical books either. Later in the article it turns out they also banned some movies. And the press release on all this from our friends at Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is ... where?

Anyone who finds a statement by A.I. or H.R.W. criticizing Thailand for blocking this internet site please post it in the comments section. Hell, I'll even take a critical statement by the U.S. State Department on this.

Needless to say, I won't hold my breath. Hyprocracy reigns supreme in those "human rights" organizations.


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