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Phuket Reporter to Reveal All at Melbourne Press Club

Phuket Reporter to Reveal All at Melbourne Press Club

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
EVERY DAY news outlets around the world republish copy from Reuters and other agencies.

In Thailand, former Melbourne journalist Alan Morison and colleague Chutima Sidasathian are being sued by the Royal Thai Navy for republishing a single Reuters paragraph.

They face up to seven years' jail on criminal defamation charges. It's a case that has implications for everyone who republishes copy online or who resends emails or tweets.

Hear Chutima (Oi) Sidasathian explain how coverage of the stateless Rohingya boatpeople led to Thailand's military might taking two-person news site to court.

Chutima and Morison shared the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting and a second Award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting in 2010 for their coverage of the plight of the Rohingya.

When: Apr 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM until 2.00 pm

Location: Metropolitan Hotel 263 William Street, Melbourne

Cost: $30 members $40 non-members


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How will we know how you get on tomorrow if you're locked up in Phuket prison?

Posted by gee on April 16, 2014 19:05

Editor Comment:

Visit us, gee.


Hang on, how is she (Oi) going to be in Oz if you are so adamant that no bail will be posted should you be convicted?

Posted by paul on April 16, 2014 19:34

Editor Comment:

Several readers have asked the same question. We don't intend to pay bail on principle but others who don't want us to go to jail are planning to find the cash. We can't stop them doing that. At this point, we don't know whether bail - or jail - will be an option. There is also no certainty that Khun Oi will be allowed to leave the country, but she does have speaking commitments in Australia.


We do wish that Phuket Reporter will be in Australia to Reveal All at Melbourne Press Club. The Rohingyas are praying for the reporters to win the case . We are asking all to pray for the honorable reporters of PW. May God bless them . (Armeen)

Posted by Maung Kyaw Nu,Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand ,BRAT. on April 17, 2014 04:09


We don't intend to pay bail on principle but others who don't want us to go to jail are planning to find the cash. We can't stop them doing that.
Yes you can, tell the people to respect your principles. Now it looks like an excuse to skip jail.

Posted by FS on April 17, 2014 12:34

Editor Comment:

You are free to misinterpret anything you wish, FS, as you so often do.


So now the RTN is suing Reuters. The solution here is to run a campaign so that every news organisation in the world published the extract from Reuters.

The RTN will then have a choice, back down or sue every known news organisation and as this news spreads further will cause even more damage to Thailand's reputation.

Posted by Graham on April 26, 2014 10:19

Editor Comment:

The paragraph was carried by several Thai news outlets in the Thai language. The Thai-language outlets are not being sued. Many other news outlets around the world would have carried the paragraph but it's not known how many. As long as the RTN pursues the case, Thailand's reputation will be increasingly damaged.

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