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Entry for April 05, 2007 -- Reading the Books Now
If I am slow at 360 this is because I am reading these two books whenever I am not "at work". They are so thought-provoking! I mentioned the books in my earlier blogs but I am not going to put any links here.
You can google them if you want to.
Entry for April 05, 2007 -- YouTube is currently banned in Thailand
YouTube is currently banned in Thailand. See HERE. This is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous. I am VERY UPSET. I wish the ban is lifted soon.
Remarks on Jan-11-2011: The original link leads to the news at a Yahoo news webpage that has
long ceased to exist. I have replaced it with the link to the same news that is archived at Wikinews.
However, for the sake of the possibility of this news page being taken down in the future I have also
saved it as a picture file below:
Entry for April 07, 2007 -- Rants
Click here for more on YouTube Issue -- if you are interested.
I am looking forward to better news for all the Thais soon.
In my opinion, freedom of speech is not the same as having the right to show disrespect to others. Advice should always be welcomed, whether it will cause irritations or not, but disrespect isn't.
Nevertheless, banning the whole site is NOT a wise idea.
Oh well, .....
Happy week to all of you. Don't send any Youtube videos to me these days, PLEASE.
Remarks on Jan-11-2011: The link in the above has been removed because it doesn't work anymore.
Entry for May 04, 2007 --YouTube again
The news below made me laugh. I copied it from this site:
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/theworld/2007/May/theworld_May97.xml§ion=theworld [NOTE: This link does not work anymore...]
4 May 2007
BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai government plans to sue a popular video-sharing Internet site where someone posted a short clip earlier this year deemed insulting to the country�s much-revered monarch, an official said Friday.
The government blocked access to YouTube on April 4 after it turned down a request to remove the contentious 44-second video, which shows provocative graffitti-like elements painted over a slideshow of photographs of 79-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Sitthichai Phokai-udom, the minister of information and communications technology, told The Associated Press that a suit would be lodged with a Thai court next week on charges of lese majeste, or offense against the monarchy, which is a crime in Thailand.
The minister said refusal to remove the clip on grounds of free flow of communication was total hypocrisy' since the YouTube owners Google censored their operation to gain access to the market in China.
Thailand is a fairly small country and not the economic or military powerhouse, so we are at the mercy of the greedy businessman in America,' he said.
He said the legal action was a cultural issue, not a political one, because the majority of the Thai people feel deeply insulted by this video clip.'
One part of the clip juxtaposes pictures of feet over the king's image - a major taboo in a culture where feet are considered extremely dirty and offensive. The soundtrack is the Thai national anthem.
Thai authorities take insults to the king extremely seriously. A Swiss man was sentenced to 10 years in jail in March in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai after he defaced posters of the king during a drinking binge. He was later pardoned and deported.
Critics have accused the current government of blocking Web sites criticizing the September coup that overthrew then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Sitthichai earlier said he had ordered fewer than 10 sites blocked since taking office late last year, either because the site was insulting to the monarchy, was pornographic, or called for public political protests, which are illegal under martial law proclaimed after last year's coup.
What do you think ?
Entry for May 11, 2007 -- Conclusion
ICT Minister says Google has promised to remove all anti-monarchy videos from the YouTube.com site, and the minister will not file charges on Friday.
I think Google should have done this last month when being requested by our government! I do not understand why it took so long time. And I always believe that freedom of speech is NOT freedom to knowingly show disrespect of others' cultures.
Now I can smile.