Libertarians in Thailand

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MICT orders block of access against WikiLeaks website

In yet another attempt to stifle free speech and an open debate about the ailments and possible solutions in Thailand, yet another website has been blocked from access from within the country.

MICT today announces that it is blocking WikiLeaks due to national security concerns over the site’s content.

Thai authorities have used their emergency powers to block domestic access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website on security grounds, a government official said Wednesday.

The order came from the government unit set up to oversee the response to political unrest that rocked the nation’s capital earlier this year, a spokeswoman for the Information and Communication Technology Ministry said.

“Access to this website has been temporarily suspended under the 2005 emergency decree,” she said.

While the enforcement is sporadic at ISP level (some allowing users to access the front page, some cannot handle the user going directly against the site without a DNS-lookup and others forget to block the mirrors or alternative addresses) it is clear that the reported 500 sites the MICT block per day is not only affecting ‘obscure’ or ‘unknown’ sites. It does and will affect major sites and even more so in the future when the MICT and the government will become more and more brave in their attempt to control exactly what kind of information the population should have access to.

Do you part, contact your ISP and protest their enforcement of the MICT block-list. Contact your MP and demand that any and all blocks be subject to a judicial hearing with proper and transparent ways of demanding unblocks in case of altered content or falsely flagged content blocks.

One day we might even be able to push them towards having no blocks at all…imagine that. A beacon of openness and free speech to other countries.

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August 18, 2010 - Posted by | Editorial | , , , ,

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