Banned, blocked, censored

At Freedom Against Censorship Thailand there are lists of URLs blocked (and here) in Thailand. Interestingly, PPT figures prominently.

In fact, for several months, PPT has been blocked. For a few days here and there this seems to fail and readers can get to us, but the blocking is pretty consistent.

You have to wonder why the Yingluck Shinawatra government and its apparatchiks are so fearful of the information presented at a pretty insignificant blog, almost all of which is available at other sites. Protecting the monarchy has become something of a fetish for a government that believes it can swap this for a military that won’t throw it out. To quote Thaksin Shinawatra in a recent interview:

“As long as there is no issue related to the monarchy, as long as there is no issue about internal security, the military will stay in the barracks,” Thaksin, whose sister Yingluck Shinawatra became prime minister in August, said in an interview yesterday in Seoul. “My sister works hard for the people, she respects the monarchy very much and she can work with the military without conflict.”

Thaksin seems to explain this as a political strategy, and as we have said many times, this “strategy” is misguided. The government becomes the tool of royalists but will never be accepted by them.

PPT’s only response to the blocking has been to advise readers to use secure browsing or a proxy such as Cooloo. In addition, back in the time of the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime of censorship we set up a kind of a mirror site called Political Prisoners of Thailand that we use when blocking is intense, as it is at the present time. We also welcome the re-posting of our material.

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