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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand website blocked (Or Maybe Not)

If you can read this, YOU PROBABLY AREN’T IN THAILAND!


If you live in Thailand and are a FACT reader, you probably don’t use TOT ADSL, Kasetsart University or Buddy Broadband as your ISP. All three of those ISPs have been blocking FACT since at least noon on April 25 and at least TOT was redirecting users via transparent proxy to a blank blockpage at Thailand’s ICT ministry.


Will FACT readers please keep us informed if and when FACTsite http://facthai.wordpress.com is blocked by other ISPs. Please let us know by email: facthai@gmail.com. Please include your mobile number so we can call you back.


We need to know if KU and Buddy and perhaps other ISPs are redirecting users by transparent proxy to http://w3.mict.go.th, as is TOT.


The fact that THREE ISPs are now blocking FACTsite indicates that the blocking order did, in fact, come from MICT and is not just an ISP decision.


This means that probably more ISPs will start to block FACTsite as the MICT ”request” is implemented by them. Some may be inefficient and not get around to blocking; others may simply ignore MICT’s “request”.


It is HIGHLY unlikely that MICT sought a court order to block FACTsite. Therefore, we have a good basis for a court case. FACT would like to become the second legal website in Thailand after Midnight University!


In any case, the first step is a letter of complaint to MICT and the three ISPs. We shall also get on the phone to all four on Monday.


Can some FACT readers please let us know if FACT’s RSS feed is still sending to subscribers?


Thanks for your help and support. FACT readers should use proxies and VPN till we get a new, mirrored website up. (This is the same way we’ll continue to post.)


Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) has prepared a formal letter of complaint to send to Ranongruk Suwanachee, ICT minister, and the CEOs of the three ISPs:

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

กลุ่มเสรีภาพต่อต้านการเซ็นเซอร์แห่งประเทศไทย

April 25, 2009

WITHOUT PREJUDICE

Formal Letter of Complaint Over Website Blocking


Cease and Desist Order


It has been brought to our attention that, on April 25, 2009, the WordPress blogsite of Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) http://facthai.wordpress.com was inaccessible to subscribers of the Telephone Organisation of Thailand’s ADSL Internet service (2009.04.25 13:07; 2009.04.25 17:15; 2009.04.25 17:33; 2009.04.25 21:49), Kasetsart University (2009.04.25 14:32), and Buddy Broadband (2009.04.26 02:16). Our website was apparently accessible from many other ISPs in Thailand. Users of TOT ADSL, Kasetsart University, and Buddy Broadband attempting to access FACT’s website were redirected by transparent proxy to http://w3.mict.go.th, indicating that FACT’s website was blocked by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) is a non-political, non-partisan, public non-governmental organisation providing information on censorship issues in Thailand and worldwide. FACT is a network of more than 900 citizens concerned over censorship issues.


I am FACT’s coordinator and registered owner of FACT’s website http://facthai.wordpress.com.


If the ICT ministry and/or TOT is blocking FACT’s website http://facthai.wordpress.com, we require you to provide a copy of the court order authorising censorship of our website along with complete reasons for such censorship. If there is no such court order, the ICT ministry and/or TOT is acting illegally under the requirements of the Computer-Related Crimes Act 2007 and must immediately restore access to our website by all Internet users.


Should you fail to provide us with the relevant court orders and reasons for blocking FACT’s website, we will take legal action against you.


We expect your prompt reply and the removal of any block against FACT’s website.


Sincerely,

CJ Hinke

Some are reporting to me that the website is not being blocked.


8 comments:

Rich said...

They will use the tried and tested Thai strategy of ignoring the letter.

Works for all sorts of things.

Rich

absolutely said...

Am on TRUE, in Bangkok, and can still receive it as of Sunday, April 26th in the eve.

antipadshist said...

sometimes it shows, sometime not.

sazzy said...

I live in Bangkok and like many people I know use true - we can all access the sites... definitely not blocked

Pattaya-Funtown said...

live in pattaya and use TOT, definitely blocked for two days now, get redirected to w3...

antipadshist said...

for example now I tried to access it again, it is re-directed to this location:

https://email.tu.ac.th/horde/services/go.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffacthai.wordpress.com



and shows the message :

----------------------------------------
Secure Connection Failed

email.tu.ac.th uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because it is self signed.

(Error code: sec_error_ca_cert_invalid)


https://email.tu.ac.th/horde/services/go.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffacthai.wordpress.com
----------------------------------------

then after trying 2-3 times more - it shows again as normal.

antipadshist said...

few min later I tried again - and redirected to :

http://w3.mict ...

antipadshist said...

the latest joke :

"[ICT] council will aim to enhance and improve the competitive stature of local ICT industries by establishing international standards."
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/04/30/technology/technology_30101706.php

like - forcing ISPs to rat on their customers and close websites which MICT doesn't like ?