Tag: Censorship

  • Choosing a VPN for Thailand

      There are more and more reasons for everyday internet users in Thailand to use a Virtual Private Network (puts all your network traffic into an encrypted tunnel, which exits at some remote sever location).  Here are some of the main ones: Access USA based content like Netflix, Pandora and Hulu Plus. Bypassing Thai censorship and their […]

  • Thailand’s black list leaked

    There is a recently released black list of sites being blocked in Thailand. From Wikileaks: A total of 860 YouTube videos have been blocked, far in excess of the blocking conducted by The Official Censor of the Military Coup; a further 200 pages mirroring those videos are also blocked. Curiously, Hillary Clinton’s campaign videos, and […]

  • The Great Firewall of Thailand

    Yeah, like we really trust you to do this… Communications Minister Mun Patanotai said his ministry is considering spending between 100 million and 500 million baht ($2.9 million and $14.6 million) to build a gateway to monitor and block such Web sites. The ministry has received more than 1,000 complaints about Web sites that are […]

  • Thais celebrate in the streets as YouTube access is restored

    The Thai ban, which has been in place for the last five months, hit YouTube after contentious video clips of the country’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej were posted on its pages. The videos, which displayed the King close to the soles of feet (an image labelled as filthy in Thailand), were deemed to be offensive by […]

  • Youtube is back!

    In a Sunday morning check, youtube.com was accessible in Thailand. UPDATE: Never mind, True is still blocking it.

  • Why we hate Thaivisa.com

    Check out this heavy handed board censorship on Thaivisa.com by the almighty moderator ‘Totster‘. “You can not discuss this, and why you can not discuss this is not allowed either.” Hi, The post was closed as per board policy with regards to topics of this nature. Unfortunately this topic tends to attract a lot of […]

  • 50,000 sites were banned

    From The Nation As far as the Internet is concerned, the government has transformed Thailand into a repressive regime on a par with Burma, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Iran, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. As of last week, at least 50,000 sites were banned, including commentaries, anti-monarchy sites, anti-government sites and sexually explicit […]

  • “YouTube is not a very essential Web site, Is it?”

    Great story on the Minister that Banned YouTube – Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom. Check out these great excerpts: …Sitthichai persisted in detailing the euthanasia device, prefaced with an observation: “There are a hundred small ways to finally exit your life.” Sitthichai calculated that the best way to do the job was a simple machine that pumps carbon […]

  • Rising Awareness of Thailand Net Censorship

    From Bangkok Post: “‘A major complaint about Thaksin [Shinawatra] was his muzzling of the media and willingness to limit free speech,’ said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. ‘The military-backed government promised a quick return to democracy, but it’s now attacking freedom of expression and political pluralism in ways that Thaksin never dared.’ […]

  • Idle threats make big news on Slashdot

    Well, whose ever bright idea it was to publish a story that Thailand was planning to sue YouTube got that whole mess Slashdotted. Comment from the site: when you attempt to censor something, anything, you just give whatever it is free advertising i’m glad the thais love their king. but if they are secure in […]

  • Why is this song banned in Thailand?

    In checking the latest list of Banned sites in Thailand: they seemed to blocking this video: Maybe cause it’s referred to as the suicide song? Or Diamanda Galas did something wrong? The weird thing is that it’s just this version. The Sarah McLachlan version didn’t seem to attract the same attention. First time I’d heard […]

  • Still blocked, still unacceptable

    A good article about the continued censorship of YouTube (Taksin’s mouthpiece) by the Thai Juanta (unelected government). The YouTube block remains. But of far more concern to Thais who want to see a return to democracy is the regime’s blocking or intimidation of Thailand-based Web sites that provide a forum for political discussion. The YouTube […]

  • YouTube still blocked

    It seems the Thai Government is trying to figure out how to block single videos, rather than the whole site. “I don’t want to hear a lecture on free speech … I am a proponent of free speech but this is just culturally insensitive and offensive,” he said, adding that he would not block access […]

  • Thailand Blocks YouTube again!

    They did it before.. now they are doing it again…. This time at least the whole world knows about it. This blogger has to say it is not without reason. Google, do the right thing and take down the offending video! Thailand, do the right thing and don’t block a whole website cause of one […]

  • Fact and Thai Censorship

    If you are Thai and interested in keeping your blog, maybe you should visit the Freedom Against Censorship Thailand site and see what you can do. FACT recommends that a privacy provision be added to the newConstitution that prohibits retaining logged data of any individual’sInternet activity. Section 39, Freedom of Expression, allows all persons in […]

  • Thailand blocks YouTube?

    Using True service and typing in www.youtube.com you are now greeted by a page telling you… no more YouTube. Censorship in Thailand has reached a new low…Not to worry, here are 9 other video sharing sites to upload your videos to. Check their reviews here: 1) Blip.tv2) VideoEgg3) Dailymotion4) YouTube 5) Veoh6) Google Video7) Grouper8) […]