Further updated: Blocking anti-monarchy sites, tracking lese majeste suspects

21 06 2010

What more could be expected from the royalist and military-backed Abhisit Vejjajiva government? From the tech press: The “Ministry [of Justice] has closed 43,000 websites insulting to the Thai monarchy and is planning to shut another 3,000 websites which might contain lese majeste (crime violating majesty) offenses, Thai News Agency reported Thursday. Its minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga said his ministry is also tracking two people who had committed lese majeste and had fled abroad. However, no further details given on the two people. Under the Internal Security Act and the Computer-related Offenses Act of 2007, legal action may be taken against the operators of the websites should they continue to generate any content deemed offensive to the nation’s revered king.”

We have no news on who has fled. Advice from readers would be appreciated.

Update 1: Interestingly, there is another international report that the “U.N. Human Rights Council has unanimously elected Thailand’s ambassador in Geneva as its president for the coming year.” Sihasak was reasonably close to Thaksin Shinawatra when he was premier. How Thailand can lead the body is anyone’s guess. But the report does say: “Asia is entitled to name the new chair under rules intended to ensure that each region holds the rotating presidency of the 47-member council every five years.” It also notes that Sihasak’s “election Monday follows criticism by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights of the recent violent protests in Thailand.”

Update 2: Over at FACT, where the details are watched pretty closely, the estimate cited from the Manager is that the current repressive government led by the “liberal” Abhisit is now blocking 145,000 URLs. That’s what “Thai liberals” do when in power. Read the whole story at FACT.



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