‘Pornhub violates children’s and women’s rights,’ says minister


The Minister of Digital Economy and Society on Thursday defended his decision to block access to Pornhub and other adult sites, saying pornography violates children's and women's rights.

Buddhipongse Punnakanta acknowledged that Monday’s move to block access to Pornhub and other sites had triggered an outpouring of public complaints over government censorship.

"I believe that people who have children will understand the ministry’s move, because the site contains lots of inappropriate video clips," he said, adding that the ministry did not intend to bully anyone.

He said pornography websites that give access to users of any age must be closed, as they violate the law, as well as children's and women's rights.

"Currently, ministry officials are dealing with hundreds of websites. If any violate the law, we will submit the evidence to court," he said, confirming that the ministry is also dealing with gambling websites.

It was up to lawmakers to decide whether to review the law on users' age, he added.

Pornhub had been accessible in Thailand for more than a decade before Monday.