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LA is a media town, and arguably the most-wired in the world – so even though events are taking place in Asia involving a company based in the Bay Area, this is pretty interesting news about a “local” network:
Our sister site, Metroblogging Bangkok, reports that Thailand is so ticked off about the recent posting of a video criticizing their beloved (and military-backed) monarch that they have filed suit against YouTube and Google …
Last month, the Thai government blocked YouTube from all computers in-country. Agence-France-Presse explained:
The military-installed government banned YouTube this week after it failed to block the first video deemed insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, regarded by many Thais as semi-divine.
One of the new clips showed pictures of the king that had been digitally altered to make him resemble a monkey, and carried messages saying Thailand’s leaders are “evil and hate free speech.”
It also used an expletive to denounce the king and the government.
Daniel, the captain of Metroblogging Bangkok, wonders:
Now this brings up an interesting legal dilemma, and questions that first pop in my head are:
– Was the crime commited in Thailand, if so, does Lese Majeste apply?
– What are the views of His Majesty?
– How much is being set aside in legal fees? Would this money come from the taxpayer, if so surely the money would be better spent elsewhere (Dengue fever treatment and flood displacement comes to mind)
– Is this some pubicity stunt? Suing Google???
– Is the charge against the poster or Google as the parent owner of YouTube.com.