Thailand

April 5, 2007

YouTube censored in Thailand

“The military-appointed government of Thailand has blocked access to YouTube and several other Internet sites in a crackdown on material seen as denigrating the country’s monarch, officials said Wednesday. ‘We have blocked YouTube because it contains a video insulting to our king,’ Winai Yoosabai, head of the censorship unit at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, said. The Thai ban on YouTube, the popular video-sharing Web site, came after YouTube’s owner, Google, refused to remove the video clip, the communications minister, Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, said.”

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