TOT blocked its users from WordPress — Prachatai

August 26, 2007

[ ภาษาไทย: ทีโอที บล็อก WordPress.com ]

Prachatai — 22 August 2007 There is a report that since 17:00 the TOT Plc. (Thai internet service provider) has blocked its Internet user from accessing any WordPress (http://wordpress.com), which is a world’s major weblog space provider. Effectively, this prevent users from Thai WordPress (http://th.wordpress.com) and every weblogs under wordpress.com domain, including popular Thai weblogs like Prabda Yoon (popular writer) http://typhoonkoon.wordpress.com Round Finger (popular writer) http://roundfinger.wordpress.com and Fat Radio (indy music radio station) http://fatradio.wordpress.com.

A notice has been shown when trying to access any WordPress page: “Sorry. TOT Pcl., as an organization of Thai people, has restrained the access to this website as it contains content, text, and/or picture that is unappropriated which affects the mind of Thai people all over the country and thus cannot be accepted.”

TOT is a Thai public company under the supervision of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
Its chairman of the board of directors is General Saprang Kalyanamitra, a member of Council for Democratic Reform who did the coup last year.

source: Prachatai, ‘TOT’ blocked Net users from WordPress, 22 August 2007


Additional information from FACT: Per inquiry to Prachatai, it has been confirmed that until the evening of Friday 24 August, it it still impossible to access WordPress.com from TOT service. The symptom is unpredictable, actually, as sometimes it can be access, but sometimes cannot. Anyway there is one certain Thai weblog hosted on WordPress.com that cannot be accessed at anytime, and this weblog is also unaccessible from other internet service providers as well. It is suspected that the problematic weblog may contain contents about the monarchy’s private life.

Addtional information from FACT (2): Few of many FACT’s sources of information have reveal that the weblog in question is probably http://giyotin.wordpress.com. Anyway, some FACT volunteers reported that they can access the weblog using non-TOT service.

Note: FACT website is also hosted on WordPress.com https://facthai.wordpress.com

17 Responses to “TOT blocked its users from WordPress — Prachatai”


  1. […] 25th, 2007 [ in English: TOT blocked its users from WordPress […]

  2. _t Says:

    What crap! A shitty excuse. Never has TOT been the voice of the Thai people nor MICT since it can’t even respect human rights.


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  8. […] 最新情報によるとFreedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) は“ 8月24日金曜日の夜現在、TOTのサービスからのWordpress.comへの接続は以前不可能な状態にある。この現象は実際のところ予測不可能で、アクセスできたり出来なかったりという状態である。”と確認している。 […]

  9. Matthew Hunt Says:

    There are no WordPress blogs listed in your latest MICT blocklist, so what is the “one certain Thai weblog” you refer to?

  10. bact' Says:

    it looks like this blocking is not done at MICT level, but at ISP level.
    (TOT is one of many ISPs)

  11. Vidlover Says:

    Hmm, this kind of mysterious atmosphere…what is this individual blog, hmmm…Any possibility to get it to my email, that can be seen by the administrators of this website? I am Nordic country citizen so my mind does not have to be protected under Thai lese majeste laws…

  12. K. D. Says:

    yeah yeah…i hope there are more foreign ISPs invest in Thailand….with the quality they provide us..its really crap…with the same price…different country would provide u a much better/faster service…now they have the right the “Choose” what we can/can’t access!? lmfao…


  13. […] The FACT (Freedom Against Censorship in Thailand) blog reports that “TOT is a Thai public company under the supervision of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. Its chairman of the board of directors is General Saprang Kalyanamitra, a member of Council for Democratic Reform who did the coup last year.” Thailand has a particularly bad record with online censorship; the Royal Thai Police has blocked approximately 32500 websites, and last year pages from BBC One, BBC Two, CNN and Yahoo! News were blocked as well. […]

  14. ThaiObserver Says:

    The last refuge of a scoundrel is to wrap himself in the flag. TOT is guilty of appalling humbug.

    Thai Observer

    blog at http://thaiobserver.wordpress.com/


  15. […] a recent update, Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) confirmed that “ until the evening of Friday 24 August, it is still impossible to access […]


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