Two Phuket-based journalists will seek help from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today as prosecutors weigh whether to charge them with defamation for their report implicating the Royal Thai Navy in smuggling Rohingya refugees.
Alan Morison, editor of the news website Phuketwan, and reporter Chutima Sidasathien will travel from Phuket to Bangkok to meet commissioner Niran Pitakwatchara today. They believe a lawsuit against them, brought under the Computer Crimes Act, would pose a threat to media freedom in Thailand.
“We need a set of principles to protect press freedom as the act is threatening the survival of the media and the development of this industry's professionalism,” said Ms Chutima, also a PhD student at Walailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
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