Conservative, Royalist Manager media network published the first government announcement of further Internet censorship since July.
Buried in Manager’s propaganda, we learn that the new Army commander has signed a memorandum of understanding with the ICT minister and the ministers of justice and culture. The MOU specifies 43,000 new websites to be blocked immediately and 3,000 pending for lèse majesté content.
Thai government's official media releases since the Emergency Decree April 7 already totalled 210,110 blocked websites.
Websites blocked prior to Emergency Decree April 7: 65,000
Thai government has no plan to lift the state of emergency but they seem to be blocking as fast as they can in case the situation reverts to ‘normal’ and they must once again seek court orders for blocking under the Computer Crimes Act 2007.
Relying solely upon govt media releases to date, Thailand is now blocking 277,610 websites.
Hmm, how many to go for the million? Imagine the headline, One Million web pages blocked to save Thai K***’s honour!
Blocking pages for lese majeste content is pointless, stupid and counter-productive.