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Freedom of expression?

Freedom of expression?
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First Published: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 18 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 18 AM IST
The government is right to demand that YouTube remove video clips deemed offensive to Thais. Should video clips insulting His Majesty the King posted on YouTube, the video-sharing website, be protected as freedom of expression? We definitely do not think so. Far from it, we condemn the individuals responsible for posting several clips on YouTube that seek to degrade our King. Moreover, we also question the actual motivations of YouTube, which has insisted on keeping the ugly videos posted… We are amazed by the episode. First, they let somebody insult our King. Then they lecture Thailand on how to embrace the Internet without any reservations... YouTube is preaching freedom of expression on the Internet. But it fails to exercise that freedom with responsibility... This matter really needs broader debate. We are ready to listen. But for now, we do not accept YouTube’s arrogance.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 11 2007. 12 18 AM IST
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