MICT asks ISPs to help suppress offensive websites

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Juti Krairiksh said that on 18 Oct he invited 17 internet service providers (ISPs) to a meeting to ask for their cooperation in blocking improper websites which were found to have been increasing in number, over 82% of them being offensive against the monarchy containing doctored images.  Only 7 ISPs showed up at the meeting.

The cause of the increase of such websites has yet to be determined, the Minister said.

Chuti said the Ministry asked the ISPs to ‘enforce’ the 2007 Computer Crimes Act on websites using their services, as they were ‘service providers’ under the law.  If they fail to act, the MICT will take action by itself, he said.

During the meeting, the ISPs asked the MICT to improve its own 1212 hotline and the 1111 hotline of the PM’s Office, which had been set up to receive complaints from the public, but had not worked very well because they were available only during official working hours.  In response, the MICT might make them available for 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

An MICT Inspector, Suchart Wongananchai, has been appointed to head a special team to deal with gambling, pornographic, and drug-selling websites.

Only 7 ISPs showed up at the

Only 7 ISPs showed up at the meeting.

41%.

Chuti said the Ministry asked the ISPs to ‘enforce’ the 2007 Computer Crimes Act...

Well... I suppose they figure that if they can devolve the propaganda function to the MSM why not devolve the censorship function to the 'service providers'. Let them provide 'non-service' in the interests of The Regime and what's left in 'service' as providers.

And let the fool public pay for both the non-news of the MSM and the non-service of the ISPs, all at the whim of The Regime.

Alerted by thaienews, I found

Alerted by thaienews, I found Seth Mydans reporting on Chiranuch under the bootheel of the Thai state at the NYTimes. The NYTimes style sheet requires that the meat of any article, the real opinion of the NYTimes editorial board, be published at the end :

Fighting for Press Freedom in Thailand

“Press freedom, some might say, is heading down farther and we don’t yet see how deep it will sink,” said Ubonrat Siriyuwasak, a scholar of the media who is retired from the faculty of communications at Chulalongkorn University.

“At first glance it looks to a lot of people as if there is still freedom of the press,” she said. “But if we take a closer look, we have to conclude that this is a serious situation because opposition opinion has been in a sense wiped out or must go underground.”

In a recent commentary, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University, described Ms. Chiranuch’s troubles as part of a “‘soft’ civil-military authoritarianism,” nuanced and disguised for acceptance in an increasingly globalized world.

He said her case “epitomizes a plethora of other cases that have found little voice because of the climate of fear, intimidation and coercion attendant with civil-military hybrid repression.”

When her cases come to court, Ms. Chiranuch said she is determined to plead not guilty, although this could mean a longer sentence if she is convicted.

Asked if she had been tempted to move into a less precarious line of work, she said, “I couldn’t find another thing that is as interesting as what I do now.”

And in any case, she said, “Even if I quit, the threat would not stop. The process continues.”



It seems like Thailand is

It seems like Thailand is going through great strains to make sure that no one says anything bad about them. It definitely makes me think Thailand is not the wonderland I imagined it to be.