I have been promoting Thailand on the Internet for the past 15 years. I think I have been respectful about what I have written about. I know the limitations as far as the law goes. There are certain subjects I will not touch, mainly because of the lese majeste law. Also, unlike some bloggers, I don’t try to make a quick buck by writing about the Thai sex industry. My stories are more concentrated on Thai culture, history, religion, etc. The kind of topics that you can discuss with friends whether they are expats or Thais.
One of my recent blogs was called “The monk and the Victoria Secret Collection”. At that time there was a picture of a famous monk that was being circulated widely on social media. It was the above picture but angel wings had been photoshopped onto the picture. Many Thais thought it was real and were criticizing the monk on Facebook. However, it looked fake to me and a quick reverse google search found the original picture above. Obviously someone at the Ministry of Information and Communication didn’t like my blog as they decided to block it inside Thailand. I guess I should be thankful they blocked this one post and not my entire website.
I think they really misunderstood my blog. I wasn’t spreading misinformation. I was correcting a mistake by showing the original picture with the photoshopped version. I won’t post again the photoshopped picture here, but I will paste below the text just in case you can’t click through to the blog and you are wondering what I wrote:
The above two images have been circulating on Facebook for the last week or so. It shows what I believe is the abbot of the controversial Wat Phra Dhammakaya dressed as an angel from the Victoria Secret collection. Quite a few Thais frown upon this temple for their extravaganza and big budget productions. Which is why the above picture was shared so much on Facebook. But, is it real? A quick search using google image search and I found the original image below. As you can see, it was photoshopped. Don’t believe everything you see on Facebook.
Do you agree that I was unfairly blocked? Even if I wasn’t, do you think it is the job of the MICT to block websites with pictures like this? Where should they be allowed to draw the line?