Thursday, April 05, 2007

Thailand bans YouTube

After jailing a man for 10 years because he insulted the King when he was drunk, Thailand has now banned access to YouTube because of a video that shows graffiti over the King's face. From BBC:
"It's a serious case of lese majeste," said Mr Sitthichai, referring to crimes of offending the country's monarchy. "We asked Google to remove it some days ago, but they refused to."

The minister said access within Thailand would be reinstated once the film had been removed.

YouTube's head of global communications, Julie Supan, said: "We are disappointed that YouTube has been blocked in Thailand, and we are currently looking into the matter.

"The internet is an international phenomenon and while technology can bring great opportunity and access to information globally, it can also present new and unique cultural challenges."
Here's the video and my advice for the dude who uploaded it (heard he's from US), is not to visit Thailand. They may want his head over there.

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