Even more censorship

13 04 2010

Thanks to a reader for pointing out two recent stories on continuing and perhaps intensifying internet censorship. The first report is from NNT (10 April 2010) and states: “The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has now been strictly curbing all defamatory internet contents that likely pose serious threat to national security with an aim of preventing further division in the society.” MICT’s  Permanent Secretary for Information and Communication Technology Sue Loruthai said that “the Ministry had been instructed to take a close watch and curb all allegedly defamatory internet content…”.

It adds that MICT has warned internet users to “use the internet in the right way or with appropriate purpose and avoid disseminating information that could create misunderstanding or instigate violent actions among the public. Also, all popular websites and social networks such as facebook, twitter, hi5 and my space will be under thorough watch.” It warned that those it considered “violators” would be prosecuted “law with no compromise.”

The second report, also from NNT (11 April 2010) states: “The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has daily detected over 300 websites containing radical political views that instigated violent actions among the public.” MICT officials are said to be maintaining a “close watch online…”. This number is apparently the highest MICT has detected.



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