Police yesterday raided the offices of D-Station on Lat Phrao road and the offices of community radio stations in Udon Thani, Chiang Mai and Lampang as per orders from the Emergency Execution Command (EEC), the agency involved with handling the country under the Emergency Decree.
In following the EEC order, the Information Technology Regulation Office gave Internet service providers a list of 67 websites it deemed as instigating insurrection to block since Monday evening, said Aree Jiwararak, director of the Information Technology Regulation Office.
Supinya Klangnarong, a media rights activist, said people should not be blocked from expressing their opinions online because mainstream media had lost its credibility in providing unbiased reports.
"If the government threatens online liberty, that would boomerang back. The government should allow Internet to be the space where people can freely search for information they want and express what they think. If not, the things could get more severe," Supinya said.
Thanapon Eiwsakul, owner of the blocked Sameskybooks.org, said the government could not really block any websites as such, because people could find ways in anyway. Moreover, censoring might make people believe in fake reports.
"Since people could not use the Internet to verify the truth for themselves, they would be vulnerable to believing rumours that might not be true," Thanapon said.
List of blocked websites courtesy of Prachatai:
Well, we know this is just one small bit that has been shut down. Thousands of websites have been shut down by the government.
I want the readership to imagine if the shoe was on the other foot. The Thai mainstream media would be crying bloody murder if the Yellow shirt media were shutdown.
Well, we know Sia Yoon and Sia Thepchai owe their careers to the Thai military, so you won't be hearing any lectures from them about a free media operating unhindered.
Kavi, the major proponent of a free speech in Thailand has been silent, hasn't he? Well, except to be the spokesperson for the military on Australian radio.