Saturday, April 5, 2014
Bangkok– Two journalists, Alan Morison, an Australian national and editor of a Southern Thai news English-language website named Phuketwan, and local reporter Chutima Sidasathien, are facing possible jail terms for seven years each for a report that alleged Thai Navy’s inlvolvement in the traffiking of Rohingyas. They are facing imprisonment under the country’s 2007 Computer Crime Act which bans the circulation of material that can cause panic or is seen as detrimental to national security.
The controversial report was published online on July 17 last year. It quoted paragraphs from a report by Reuters news agency titled “Thai authorities implicated in Rohingya Muslim smuggling network.”
Chutima Sidasathien told the Bangkok post that the act is threatening the survival of the media in the country and also threatening its professional development. Chutima Sidasathien met with Thailand’s Human rights Commissioner Niran Pitakwatchara in Bangkok on Friday to discuss charges that could be levied against them..
Source Referred: Anadolu Agency