Media war: MICT on holy crusade
(stands for: “Ministry of Information and Communications Technology” of Thailand) .
article from Prachathai :
“During the unrest this week, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology sent e-mails to Internet Service Providers and webmasters to block websites which support the red-shirts.
Since April 13, the Director of MICT’s Information Technology Supervision Office, Aree Jiworarak, has sent a series of emails, citing the Emergency Decree, instructing ISPs and webmasters to block websites associated with the red-shirt demonstrators, with lists of the websites attached.
He also asks ISPs and webmasters to report back to him on their implementation, and inform him of any websites that might violate the Emergency Decree.“
Update Apr 21st 2009 : now on some blogs it is reported that the above list already has 67 websites.
Related article on Nation:
“Asked if the blockades would be cancelled if the emergency were to be lifted, Aree [Aree Jiwararak, director of the Information Technology Regulation Office] said he had to consult with the prime minister before doing anything.
Supinya Klangnarong, a media rights activist, said people should not be blocked from expressing their opinions online because mainstream media had lost its credibility in providing unbiased reports.
“If the government threatens online liberty, that would boomerang back. The government should allow Internet to be the space where people can freely search for information they want and express what they think. If not, the things could get more severe,” Supinya said.
Thanapon Eiwsakul, owner of the blocked Sameskybooks.org, said the government could not really block any websites as such, because people could find ways in anyway. Moreover, censoring might make people believe in fake reports.
“Since people could not use the Internet to verify the truth for themselves, they would be vulnerable to believing rumours that might not be true,” Thanapon said.“
So, it is just one more confirmation that Abhisit PERSONALLY oversees this total information blackout.
Although very recently while giving speech in London he was talking about Freedom of speech etc.