In Thailand, a Campaign to Purify Internet of Royal Insults

Posted in: Censorship at 03/10/2011 22:15

Down a maze of neon-lit corridors in a massive government complex here is a windowless room where computer technicians scour the Internet for photos, articles, Facebook postings -- anything that might be deemed offensive to King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family.

The technicians work in what is called the Office of Prevention and Suppression of Information Technology Crimes. The government that came to power in July prefers to call it the "war room," the headquarters of a vigorous and expanding campaign to purify the Internet of royal insults.

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