Monday, April 13, 2009

Chiranuch Premchaiyaporn

Recently, Chiranuch Premchaiyaporn, editor of the online newspaper Prachatai, gave a speech at the Thai Netizen Networks first meeting. She compare the freedom that Thai citizens have online to "animals in a cage."

She explained that while the animals have the freedom to do whatever they want in that cage, they only have the illusion of freedom because any attempt to step out of the cage is thwarted.

After her recent arrest in regards to the content on her site, she was asked to take down some of the content. Surprisingly, she has chosen not to do so. Her fear is that web content is getting more fearful, making bloggers subconsciously censor their own content. She hopes that online content will continue with its strength in opinions as well as relative anonymity.

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