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Boing Boing via one of their readers reminds us that YouTube is still being blocked in Thailand, and also includes a screenshot of what a visitor saw from Bangkok (below – you gotta love the big brother eye).

YouTube Blocked in Thailand

 

The page points to ict.cyberclean.org, and the English part reads:

Sorry! the web site you are accessing has been blocked by ministry of information and communication technology

According to Reuters on April 6th, the blocking was implemented due to “clips offensive to [Thailand’s] revered monarch,” and Google went into negotiations with the Thailand communications minister, who said “It will be a few days before we lift the ban on the entire site.” Apparently, not yet.

Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, argues that “In general, Internet censorship is on the rise globally.” Deibert says that over the past year, more than two dozen countries regularly blocked entire sites or specific content, whereas in 2002 only China, Iran and Saudi Arabia did so. Google/ YouTube were not available for comment.

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