A video interview with Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison was played during the annual New News seminar at the Wheeler Centre, in the central city district.
Reporting for thecitizen.org.au, Thara Vidyaratne wrote that Morison and Sidasthian could face seven years in a Thai prison after being charged with criminal defamation of the Thai Navy over an article they published on Phuketwan.
''The story included a paragraph quoting a Reuters report on the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority to which Thai authorities took exception,'' Vidyaratne wrote.
''Meanwhile, the newsagency's reporting of the issue would ultimately win a Pulitzer prize.''
Morison and Sidasthian remain angry about the lack of support they have received from Reuters, who had co-opted them for some of its reporting.
''Reuters have done nothing,'' Morison told New News.
He recalled the five hours he spent in prison ''packed in like sardines'' alongside 90 other inmates, standing next to a man who had murdered his wife, despite Morison's only crime having been to try and serve the best interests of the public by telling the truth, Vidyaratne wrote.
He said it ''would be great to have support from Australians and any NGOs from around the world''.
The seminar was moderated by Margaret Simons, Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.
Juris and Lois Greste, parents of the imprisoned Australian journalist Peter Greste, told the audience that their son, serving seven years in Egypt on a trumped up charge, is finding solace in meditation, gardening and learning to speak Arabic.
Morison and Khun Chutima are continuing to report on Thailand's treatment of arriving boatpeople, which now includes men and boys who say they have been kidnapped in Bangladesh.
The new arrivals in Thailand are thought to have been destined for slavery on fishing trawlers or in factories.
''Human trafficking in Thailand is expanding, not contracting,'' Morison said.
The country was relegated to Tier 3, the lowest level, in the US State Department's latest Trafficking in Persons report.
''There has been a lot of pretence that trafficking is being controlled but no real action,'' Morison added.
''Anyone who visits the Andaman coast can find an industry still flourishing and being covered up, unsuccessfully.''
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