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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Blocking of Krabi video considered, the video the Thai tourism ministry doesn't want you to see

Things start to get out of control seemingly over the video made by a Dutch father after his 19 year old daughter got raped in Krabi 27th July, see my post from yesterday titled Evil man of Krabi.

"It is possible to block from viewing in Thailand a YouTube video clip produced by the father of a Dutch girl who was reportedly raped in Krabi", permanent secretary of the Tourism and Sports Ministry Suwat Sitthilor said yesterday.

The father was possibly furious due to a misunderstanding. He went on to say that the authorities would try to help the girl's father understand the situation in order to "rebuild the country's image". 

The Dutch father of the raped girl

The Dutch father of the raped girl

In addition, a video clip promoting Thailand as a tourism destination will be produced and distributed among ambassadors of many countries, including the Netherlands, Australia, UK and China, he added. 

"I am now consulting with the Information and Communications Technology Ministry about the possibility of blocking the video from being viewed in Thailand," he added.

To make things worse, the Tourism Minister goes on file for stating the following, it can only be  hoped for him that he was misquoted;

Tourism Minister Chumphol Silapa-archa had said earlier that the incident could not be considered rape. He quoted provincial tourism police chief, Pol Maj-General Loi Ingkhaphairoj as saying: "The woman had dinner with the Thai suspect and a foreign man. Later, she told the foreign man to return to the hotel before heading off with the suspect." 

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If the video will be banned from viewing in Thailand, only more people outside of Thailand, who will still be able to see the video, will become aware of the issue at hand and the Tourism Minister is getting exactly what he's trying to avoid, lots of publicity around the video.

Instead of trying to look at what the underlying problem is, now in typical Thai style it is tried to brush the problem under the carpet so nobody can see it. At least not in Thailand!

Since this news was released, the views on the video have increased and many people outside of Thailand who weren't aware of the case have already taken notice. Let's hope word does spread!

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