YouTube to remove some clips mocking Thai king

    Video-sharing Web site YouTube has agreed to block four clipsThailand says insulted its revered king, the latest twist in a spat

    that has stirred fierce debate about freedom of expression on the
    Internet.

    However, in a letter to Communications Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, YouTube owner Google said two other videos that had incurred the wrath of Thailand’s military government would stay as they did not break lese-majeste laws, which cover insults to the dignity of the king.

    “They appear to be political comments that are critical of both the government and the conduct of foreigners,” the letter said.

    “Because they are political in nature, and not intended insults of His
    Majesty, we do not see a basis for blocking these videos.”

    Insulting royalty is a serious offense in Thailand, but the generals
    who ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup in
    September have also used the strict lese-majeste laws to stifle
    criticism of themselves and their actions.

    Sitthichai, who blocked the entire YouTube Web site last month when clips mocking King Bhumibol Adulyadej first appeared, gave copies of the letter to reporters on Friday.

    The letter was printed on Google letterhead and signed by senior
    company lawyer Kent Walker. The company could not immediately be
    reached for comment.

    The letter said Thailand had sent YouTube bosses a list of 12 video

    clips it deemed offensive. Six of the clips had already been removed by
    their creators or because they violated YouTube’s “code of service.”
    Sitthichai, who threatened to sue Google earlier in the week, said he no longer wished to take legal action but did not say whether the company’s concession was enough for him unblock YouTube for Thai Internet surfers.

    “The Thai police will not take any action against any company. Instead
    they will look into ways of fighting the person who uploaded the video
    onto the Web site,” he told a news conference.

    The first king-bashing clip appeared a few days after a 57-year-old
    Swiss man received a 10-year jail sentence for spraying graffiti on
    pictures of the king on his birthday in December. It was a rare
    conviction of a foreigner.

    Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has been on the throne
    for more than 60 years, has since granted a pardon to the Swiss man,
    who has been deported.

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    11 Responses

    1. เสื้อแดงปล้นแผ่นมากกว่า

      • เสื้อแดงปล้นแผ่นดินโดยสร้างแต่ความวุ่นวายที่พัทยา
        ยังที่ กทม.เผ่าไปกี่ที่ เรียกหาประชาธิปไตยให้ตังเองมากกว่า
        ที่ทำประชาชนไม่เห็นได้ประโยช์อะไรเลย..
        ลองตักน้ำใส่กะลาดูบ้าง

    2. i love thaksin
      he is hero of thai people.

    3. ในหลวงเป็นฮีโร่ตัวจริงของคนไทย

    4. Thaksin is trying to overthrow Thai king for several years but it is obvious that most of Thai people love the king.We will not let this stupid guy to rule us.

      Long Live The King

    5. Thai government ban all opponent’s media, it means they accept that it’s true. PM is a dictator, not democracy.
      PAD, who support the government is nonsense. What is the meaning of People Alliance for Democracy?
      It should be PAM or PAE (People Alliance for Monarchy / Elite) instead. They are really really stupid confusing themselves.

    6. Its a shame. These low lifes can’t take criticism.

    7. thai king and his wife killed red shirt , thai people hate royal family, thai people need help from outside, they can’t fight with the king’s solders.

    8. only a dictator need censorship! The murdering king in thailand has fear that the thai people speak the truth about him! Lot thais hate him and wished he would already lay under the earth!

      Best clip at the moment=>

    9. Thai government cannot block this clip for the chase that it is not longer avialable under addresse above

      spread it everywhere in the internet to make censorship for this murdering regime impossible!

      Thailand has 2 options = put off internet and mobile phones and go back to a stone time dictator regime or accept the turth and this will make this murdering regime sooner or later an end! Modern world is not longer willing to accept murdering people to leading their country!

    10. This thing should not be happened. I, as one citizen of Thailand, don’t think that youtube should allow these clips. Removing all of them might be the better solution than discussing about its proper.

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