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‘Their only crime was to expose the illegal exploitation of migrants’

In Alan Morison, Brian Goudie, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond5 Comments

The acquittal of Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian today of criminal libel and violating the Computer Crime Act is reason to celebrate. But it may have no bearing on many cases being brought under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act not only against journalists but even tourists and resident foreigners by others who do not want their misdeeds exposed. The Foreign Correspondents …

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AUSTRALIAN AND THAI JOURNALISTS FACE JUDGMENT TOMORROW OVER ROHINGYA STORY

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond8 Comments

POLICE RUBBER STAMPED PROSECUTION – DID NOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH – CLAIM THAILAND’S GREAT NAVAL BATTLES PART I Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian will be told of their fate tomorrow when the Phuket court hands down judgment on the criminal libel and computer crime cases brought against them by the Royal Thai Navy. The Navy has taken exception to …

D-DAY IN THAILAND FOR BRITON ANDY HALL

In Alan Morison, Andy Hall, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond4 Comments

WORKERS RIGHTS ACTIVIST TAKES HIS PLACE IN THE QUEUE OF THE LOST FACE Following its time immemorial tradition of denial Thailand will decide tomorrow whether workers’ right activist Andy Hall should be formally indicted on computer crimes and criminal defamation charges for exposing what has been traditionally been the norm – the abuse of migrant workers by Thai authorities and …

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THAILAND AWAITS NEWS OF ANOTHER NAVAL VICTORY – AS BRITAIN’S GUARDIAN PILES ON THE SCANDAL

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond4 Comments

LEFT HAND DOWN A BIT! ITS THE THAI NAVY LARK  The credibility of Thailand took another blow today as the Guardian newspaper followed up on its report last year on slavery in the Thai fishing industry making it quite clear, if we were in any doubt, that officials were complicit in the trafficking of Rohingya – in many cases to …

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THAI HOSPITALITY? GOOD, NOW SHOVE OFF!

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Rohingya, Uncategorised by Andrew DrummondLeave a Comment

Just back from the Bank Holiday break to see that ASEAN continues to demonstrate its racism internationally and continues to foot-shoot over the Rohingya problem. I also see that the Thai economy is down, and Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-Ocha has cancelled any attempts at major reform of the Royal Thai Police. The only star in the sky is …

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AUSSIE JOURNO RETURNS TO THAILAND DEFIANTLY – TO TAKE ON NAVY

In Alan Morison, Brian Goudie, Chutima Sidasathian, Drew Noyes, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond13 Comments

Alan Morison the Australian journalist who has been hounded by the Royal Thai Navy has returned defiantly to Thailand for fight libel cases brought against him and colleague Chutima Sidasathian, the Guardian is reporting today. Morison and Chutima face trial over one sentence in a Reuters report which they published on the plight of the Rohynga refugees from Burma. They …

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BRITISH JOURNALIST QUITS THAILAND AFTER 25 YEARS – STATEMENT

In Alan Morison, Andrew Drummond, Andy Hall, Chutima Sidasathian, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond50 Comments

British journalist Andrew Drummond has quit Thailand after 25 years covering Southeast Asia from the Thai capital Bangkok. The primary reasons were a direct threat to the safety of himself and his three children from foreign criminals in Thailand working in liaison with the Thai Police and Thailand’s Crime Computer Crime Act, which he said was being used by foreign …

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PAGE ONE COMMENT: JOURNALISTS BEHIND BARS IN THAILAND

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Phuketwan, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond7 Comments

Two fine journalists spent an unnecessary five hours behind bars today after being charged with defaming the Royal Thai Navy. Alan Morison, 66, Australian and Chutima Sidasathian,33, Thai of Phuketwan were held in custody in the cell below the court in Phuket, while court officials sorted out bail. They chose to be treated like any other prisoner. It was a …

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A RECKLESS ATTEMPT TO CURTAIL JOURNALISTS’ REPORTING’ – HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

In Alan Morison, Chutima Sidasathian, Computer Crime Act, Phuketwan, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond5 Comments

(New York) – A Thai navy lawsuit against journalists reporting on official involvement in trafficking will curtail reporting on rights violations in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.  On December 16, 2013, the Thai Navy filed criminal defamation and computer crime charges against journalists for a story about abuses against ethnic Rohingya migrants in Thailand. The charges centered on a …