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YouTube Blackout Raises Concern Over Expanding Censorship in Thailand

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The quaint 1956 Hollywood musical "The King and I," which most people might regard as innocuous, probably would have been banned in Thailand under broadening definitions of "national security" now being cited by military coup leaders to justify their increasing censorship.

But in any case, the movie, starring the late Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, is already outlawed under another device that curbs public opinion, the increasingly catch-all "les majeste" rule. Brynner's singing and dancing routine has long been considered by the authorities to insult the institution of the Thai monarchy, and to distort Thai history. The same ban applies to the 1999 remake "Anna and the King," starring Jodie Foster. ...

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