Channel 3 website hacked

The TV Channel 3 website was hacked on Monday evening by a soap opera lover who posted the message "Where is my Nua Mek?" across the homepage.

  • Published: 7/01/2013 at 05:32 PM
  • Newspaper section: topstories

The website was broken into about 5pm, and went offline several minutes later. The website was then restored.

Unlimited Hack Team claimed on their Facebook page that they were responsible for breaking into Channel 3's website. In their Facebook page, they said they wanted to know why Channel 3's primetime soap opera "Nua Mek 2" (beyond the clouds, or beyond comparison) was unexpectedly taken off the air last Friday.

Channel 3 abruptly cancelled its Friday night broadcast of Nua Mek 2, creating a public outcry and suspicions of political interference. Pressure on the station is growing to broadcast the final episodes.

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Screen capture of the hacked Channel 3 website

The Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations Committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has yet to make any decision on Channel 3's abrupt and unexplained axing of Nua Mek 2.

Committee chairman Col Natee Sukolrat said the panel was still waiting for a subcommittee to compile and submit details on the matter for it to consider.

The committee was initially of the opinion that Channel 3 had the right to decide to air or pull any soap opera.

He said the committee must be careful in considering whether the content of Nua Mek 2 was in breach of Section 37 of the Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations Act because the law involves sensitive matters.

Section 37 prohibits radio and TV content deemed detrimental to the monarchy, national stability or public morality.

Critics claim the programme was pulled because it was too political, with its story line of corrupt politicians, black magic and a lucrative satellite contract, alleging pressure was applied by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Dubai.  

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