May 9, 2007
Thai king to sue YouTube
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Thailand's army-backed government plans to sue YouTube.com over charges of lese majeste - over clips it deemed insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyadej. a serious crime here that carries up to 15 years in prison, the spokesman said.
"We are considering taking legal action against the website," said Vissanu Meeyo, a spokesman for the information ministry.
The government, which came to power after a September coup, has continued to block YouTube since the first clip showing the king next to a photograph of feet, considered deeply offensive here, appeared in April.
The YouTube ban came a week after a Thai court jailed a Swiss man for 10 years for insulting the monarch by vandalising his portraits."
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