Thais are able to mock King once again

Source: Wikinews.

YouTube videos could once again be viewed today in Thailand, nearly six months after the [Google-owned] video-sharing website was blocked for hosting a video that showed images deemed offensive to Thailand’s monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Information and Communications Technology Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom said the ministry unblocked YouTube after the website said it had developed ways to block Thailand viewers from seeing contents that violate Thai laws.

In April, YouTube was blocked in Thailand after a video was uploaded that showed graffiti scrawled over the king’s face, and feet being placed over the king’s face; both highly offensive acts in Thai culture. Against the king, the offense is known as lèse majesté, a crime that can carry severe penalties.

Sitthichai told The Nation newspaper that the unblocking of YouTube is not in responce to an apology by the video’s uploader issued in May.

So when will the entire Internet be free to everyone anywhere, and not censored in any way or form?


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