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Webmaster complains over erotic Thai police site censorship: report

September 4, 2003

BANGKOK — The owner of a gay website showcasing pictures of Thai police in their snug-fitting brown uniforms has complained over police efforts to block access, a report said Wednesday.

The Nation newspaper reported that misterpolice.com webmaster Vorapong Siriwan was seeking to remove his website, which also includes tales of sexual fantasies involving police, from a blacklist of 100 censored sites.

"They should have told me to remove the content they considered inappropriate instead of blocking the whole site," he told the daily, adding that the photos were not pornographic and were taken with the officers' consent.

Wuttipong Pongsuwan, chairman of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry's team overseeing website censorship, said it would consider whether the site could be removed from the blacklist.

But deputy director of the Police Information Bureau Colonel Yanaphon Youngyuen denied police had blocked the site and said the force did not see it as a threat.

"It is better to be loved than to be hated," he reportedly quipped.

Thai police wear close-cut uniforms revealing the physique of the wearer, a fact not lost on the many websites reportedly springing up offering pictures and advice on how to capture a crime-fighter's heart. –Sapa-AFP

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