The censorship regime

16 01 2017

The military dictatorship is currently engaged in another round of intensified censorship. It also seems like it has the support of Facebook to block material about the monarchy and the regime that the junta finds objectionable.

We can confirm that PPT is getting far more blocking than we have seen in the past.

A report a few days ago at TechCrunch and elsewhere states that:

Facebook is blocking content from a number of users following an apparent request from the government. Thailand’s lèse-majesté law prevents criticism of the country’s royal family, and it looks like it is being used to suppress postings from a number of high-profile users who are writing about the transition to a new king, including journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

It seems that some posts by Somsak Jeamteerasakul are also being blocked.

TechCrunch says that it has “independently confirmed that, as MacGregor Marshall noted, at least one of his posts is not available in Thailand but can be read outside of the country. Marshall McGregor’s profile and the rest of his feed remain visible in Thailand.”

The offending post seems to be this one, reportedly of one of King Vajiralongkorn’s concubines performing some kind of animist ceremony. Somsak has posted these photos as well, and they seem blocked.

In response, Marshall has a new page at Medium.


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