Libertarians in Thailand

Promoting Freedom in an Authoritarian nation

Facebook and the will to protect paid propaganda tools

We recently highlighted the fact that a known agitator, Andrew Spooner, not only posts highly vitrolic and inflamatory Tweets about anyone he percieves to be an opponent, he also proclaims to be objective and ‘keeper of the Truth’. His styl is that what he writes and represents is Truisms and anyone opposing them are evil and bad.

Not then mentioning that his own wife for example was the translator for R. Amsterdam during his last visit to Thailand. R. Amsterdam is known as the disrepruted propaganda and PR lawyer for hire – now hired by Thaksin to shew the western publics view of the events.

So with his wife clearly in bed with the organisation around a political criminal and his hired goons he tries to pretend he is objective and not at all running the arrends of Thaksin? We don’t buy it Mr. Spooner.

But highlighting this in some Facebook posts didn’t go down well with the machinery behind Spooner. They manage to get posts removed from Facebook walls, without notice to writers nor wall-owners, not once but several times.

Imagine the backroom-dealings that goes on for a big corporation to pretend that posts containing specific info mysteriously suffers random deletes hours after they are posted, and no other posts?

And this is the little icy tip that reveils just how big this money-machine that Thaksin wields really is and the amount of influence the propaganda-firms he operates has to their disposal.

Resist the oppression, resist the PR machinery, resist the oppression, resist the censorship.

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June 15, 2012 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Upcoming leaks about Thailand from WikiLeaks CableGate

It is going to be very interesting following the release of thousands of US cables relating to Thai-related matters.

One recommended site to follow when the cables start to be released is: thaicables

Thai government is censoring at the moment over 300.000 websites in order to
prevent it’s citizens free access to information. Wikileaks had been blocked
on orders from Thai government under the 2005 emergency decree on as it is
considered a “threat to National security” (http://goo.gl/BFcq6)
With the release of approximately 3000 cables originating from the US Embassy
in Bangkok which have been sent mostly from 2005 until February 2010 it is
just a question of time before MICT will block the access to Wikileaks
published cables (http://cablegate.wikileaks.org/)

We do not believe in censorship and think that everyone in Thailand should
get access to any information available on the internet, which also includes
Wikileaks. This is the reason for this blog.

A total of 2985 (other sources state 3516) Cables sent from the US Embassy
in Bangkok will be published.

 

We will follow the leaks with great interest and hope you do so to. Since the main leak-site: Cablegate WikiLeaks is sadly blocked in Thailand in every major ISP we will re-publish any important revelations given there or over at thaicables in this blog as well.

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Information | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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.

August 18, 2010 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , | Leave a comment

Reminder to sign petitions against Lese Majeste laws

It doesn’t matter if it’s about writing justified criticism, mindless slandering, not standing up in the cinema or re-telling truths or rumors…the Lese Majeste law is a tool of oppression and should be revoked. His Majesty the King deserves not only respect for his good work with this nations poor but also the benefit of the doubt that he is as loved and revered as the tourist-pamphlets tells us. This can only be the case if the LM-laws are revoked. Continue reading

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Information | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A taxi drivers opinion and a Libertarian reflection

While in the taxi from my home to Suvarnabhumi airport I came into conversation with the taxi driver. Or more to say, the taxi driver came into conversation with me as he was very eager to inform me of his views of former PM Thaksin. During this conversation I was met with the repeating of the arguments heard before and somewhere in the back of my mind I couldn’t help but to draw to memory the importance of the taxi radio stations as expressed by others. Continue reading

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment