Thailand ICT blocks porn site abusing Buddha's name

TNA, Jan 8, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has blocked a US-based pornography website, using the word "Buddha" in a website name, ICT Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom.

The website has already been blocked by the ICT ministry. The ICT minister said there are no measures to prevent launching improper websites on the Internet when they are based in other countries.

The ministry can only block such websites after officials detect them, he explained. Minister to the Prime Minister's Office Khunying Dhipavadee Meksawan said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will contact the website owner as a warning before taking legal action against him.

The site was reported to the Ministry of Culture after a Thai Buddhist monk lodged a complaint about it.