BY JO JARVIS
Police were asked to prosecute Australian journalist Alan Morison and one of his colleagues last month over a piece on the navy’s treatment of the stateless Rohingya people.
The story, which was published in the online newspaper Phuketwan last July, contained excerpts from a Reuters report.
Morison, who edits Phuketwan, was told in December Thai police were preparing a defamation case against him.
At the time, there was no clear indication that Reuters was also being targeted.
Morison says he is not sure why the article was so contentious.
“It may be because Phuketwan lives and works on Phuket, almost alongside the Royal Thai Navy, and it’s possibly the first place the Royal Thai Navy goes to read about Rohingya,” he told PM.
He received a police number for the Reuters case on Monday, making it clear the Thai police were pursing the news agency.
“For the military to tackle the media anywhere in a democracy is pretty awesome,” Morison told PM.
“But in a democracy like Thailand, where democracy is the subject of protests in the street at present, it’s really out of kilter with what’s happening elsewhere.”
Source by : ABC