Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thailand gags its academics and journalists to protect its King; imagine a court ruling against a search engine company!

A college professor from Thailand. Pavin Chachavalpongpun, writes about an order from the new government in Thailand, after a recent military coup, that a list of academics and journalists report to the authorities.  Instead, Pavin stayed in Japan where he teaches and cannot return.  His article  in the Washington Post, p. A15, Saturday is “Protecting Thailand’s king with a gag”, and online “Thailand junta tries to silence its critics to protect its king”.  Oh, it seems that the new Thai regime doesn't like to advance pawns in front of a castled King in a chess opening (following "Reinfeld").  
Thailand has been in the news a lot recently with the trafficking problem, and I’ve never thought of it as a desirable place – despite Anthony Bourdain’s report on the allure of the place.  A lot of it floods constantly.

Imagine, then, that a Thai court orders Google to remove all articles critical of its king worldwide (including the Port article and this blog post) from its search results, worldwide.  

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