Thailand uses emergency law to block wikileaks

Authorities have used their emergency powers to block domestic access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website on security grounds, a government official said Wednesday.The order came from the government unit set up to oversee the response to political unrest that rocked Bangkok earlier this year, a spokeswoman for the Information and Communication Technology Ministry said.

“Access to this website has been temporarily suspended under the 2005 emergency decree,” she said.

The government has removed tens of thousands of web pages from the Internet in recent years, mainly for insulting the monarchy, a serious crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

A special cyber crime agency has also been set up to stamp out online criticism of the royal family.

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