- Ever since the military coup of May 22, 2014 the junta that is ruling Thailand has imposed strict censorship measures on the media and has shown repeatedly that it will not tolerate criticism.
- Journalists, if they have been temporary detained or reprimanded, have toned their reports down and partisan satellite channels (read: those of political parties) are still off air. The same heavy hand also extends to online and social media, where hundreds of websites have been blocked that carry anti-coup and anti-monarchy contents.
- Now, the junta’s censorship measures have taken their strangest turn so far:
Thailand’s censors ban ‘Tropico 5′ video game
- Censors under Thailand’s military junta have banned a city-building simulation computer game, saying it could hurt the country’s security, a video game distributor said Monday.
- The film and video censorship office blocked sales of “Tropico 5″ because they feared “some part of its content might affect peace and order in the country,” New Era said.
- She said the office, part of the Culture Ministry’s cultural promotion department, did not provide any further explanation in a written statement received by the distributor on Monday.
- Thailand marketing manager Nonglak Sahavattanapong said the company will not appeal the decision.
- Thailand has been under a military dictatorship since May 22, when soldiers overthrew a civilian government in a coup. » The AP article – August 5, 2014.
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