A rap track titled Prathet Ku Mee (Which is My Country), centered on authorities oppression in Thailand has garnered over 25 million views on YouTube. The viral track, which is topping Thailand’s iTunes obtain listing as at October 27, 2018, was launched by Thai rappers who dropped fiery rhymes about authorities corruptions, censorships, navy dictatorship and rather more.
Thailand has been underneath the rule of a navy authorities since 2014. The generals who toppled the elected authorities have stored a good lid on dissent, going so far as telling the Thai inhabitants that the track violates the legislation, warning residents not to watch or share it.
Filmed in an old style black and white, the lyrics of the video appears to goal junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
“The Parliament House is the soldier’s play yard. The charter is written and erased by the Army’s boots,” the rap track states.
The police are, nevertheless, contemplating submitting fees in opposition to the rappers, in accordance to native information outlet, The Nation, because the deputy nationwide police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul mentioned the track might be breaking the legislation. He warned musicians not to violate the nation’s legal guidelines of their songs, threatening those that do of the dire penalties by stating that “it wouldn’t be good for them or their families if the songs were deemed to violate the law.”
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) additionally quoted a spokesperson for the nation’s Technology Crime Suppression Division Siriwat Deephor who mentioned the authorities had been contemplating punishing the rappers.
“It’s under consideration by investigators, and it will take a few days because it’s a sensitive issue.”
Deephor additionally hinted at the potential for the state prosecuting those that share the rap video.
“If this song violates the Computer Crime Act by uploading false information, those who share would be prosecuted and face the same punishment with those who uploaded it.”
To forestall the track from being misplaced to censorship within the Asian nation, an InterPlanetary File Systems (IPFS) hyperlink containing the video was positioned in a transaction on the ZCoin blockchain. The IPFS hyperlink was added to the ZCoin block quantity 111089.
Founder & Lead Developer of Zcoin Poramin Insom spoke with CoinJournal on the event. Insom, who’s a Thai nationwide mentioned whereas the id of the uploader is hidden due to the “Zerocoin protocol,” which destroys the earlier transaction history of the coin used within the transaction, however the particulars of the IPFS hyperlink stays public for anybody to entry it.
“Anyone can access the link by going to a block explorer taking the link and putting it into IPFS.”
He went additional to state the purpose of Zcoin, which is to “enhance privacy in all its forms” even when means being utilized by people looking for safety from corrupt methods or these “fighting for freedom of speech or expression.”
Insom additionally praised the transparency and immutability of the blockchain, which he argues, is why these wanting to resist censorship would select to use it.
“Blockchain can be applied to so many different use cases, but the idea that it can be a new avenue for mitigating censorship shows how incredibly versatile the technology is. While websites and social media can be blocked or taken down, it’s almost impossible to alter a public blockchain like Zcoin, although the audience reach is significantly less than traditional media.”