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Chutima Sidasathian, one of seven ''Thais who made us proud'' in 2015

Phuket Reporter Makes List of Seven Inspirational Thais for 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015
PHUKET: BK magazine, beloved by commuters in the nation's capital, has nominated '7 inspirational Thais who made us all proud in 2015.'

The seven include ''journalists, filmmakers, footballers and budding fashion superstars, just some of the people who made us proud to call this country home.''

Among them is Chutima Sidasathian, who was recently promoted to be Editor-in-Chief of Phuketwan.

BK magazine says:

''The Thai reporter from Phuketwan news, along with her Australian editor, Alan Morison, made headlines this year after publishing an article related to human trafficking concerns around the Thai Navy. The two were found not guilty by court authority in September - wonderful news in an otherwise bleak year for press freedom.''

Full List of 7 Inspirational Thais


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Suddenly you don't mention that you were re-printing a Reuters article?
Very selective when using the R word.

Posted by sir burr on December 18, 2015 12:42

Editor Comment:

We have no wish to continue to embarrass Reuters, sir burr. Their failure to defend the Pulitzer Prize-winning paragraph that we reproduced word for word was, as we have said, ''like a US marine walking past a mugging.'' Do you need a full backgrounding every time this case is mentioned? If so, your memory must be failing fast.


Isn't the point that you didn't tell reuters you were using their article?

Posted by sid on December 18, 2015 13:10

Editor Comment:

You really are showing your ignorance today, sid. Just for your benefit, and for the needs of Sir Burr, let's recap: Phuketwan did what news organisations do around the world every day - extracted the core news from a long Reuters feature on Rohingya trafficking. The newsy PW article credited Reuters at every opportunity, and the controversial paragraph even had quotation marks around it. A Phuketwan reporter helped the Reuters journalists on the ground in Thailand and was paid by the news agency for her work, which saved the agency reporters days if not weeks and gave them direct access to the contacts she'd spent years building up. We had no need to tell Reuters we were carrying a news report based on their feature. They would have been pleased to know the issue was making news. Phuketwan has reported what other news organisations have written about the Rohingya saga, always giving credit where credit is due, for the past seven or eight years. I suggest, sid, given your sudden interest, that you search PW and find the original article for yourself. The PW editor also briefed Reuters journalists on the topic before the news agency began its award-winning series of features. Phuketwan has also helped many other journalists cover the issue. Our disappointment is not with Reuters' reporting, but with the lack of support from a powerful news brand that let a small organisation ''take the rap'' and proved that its corporate ethics are not of the same standard as its journalism. Instead, corporate Reuters also chose to disparage the work of the Phuketwan reporter who had for a time been their paid employee, and performed to a high professional standard to help make their work effective.

Do your own research in future, please.



Posted by Michael on December 18, 2015 13:15


So Reuters copied you and then you copied Reuters but didn't tell them till later, and expected some quotation marks in your article to sufficiently cover the cpoying? And then you got done and Reuters didn't and now you blame Reuters?

Posted by sid on December 18, 2015 14:03

Editor Comment:

You pile confusion on ignorance, sid. Reuters used PW as a source in initiating its Rohingya series, paying for the assistance of a prize-winning reporter, but also did a lot of exceptionally good work of its own. Reuters was fully credited in the PW news article. The Royal Thai Navy sued PW over PW's reproduction of the Reuters paragraph. Reuters was not sued for its Pulitzer-Prize winning paragraph. Nothing to do with ''cpoying,'' sid. In most countries, an organisation that felt aggrieved would have made a telephone call to Reuters or PW. Instead, the Navy chose to sue. The case was dismissed. If Reuters had stood up and defended its paragraph, instead of leaving PW to do so, Reuters would have won. Your desire to ''blame'' someone is childish.


well done Khun Chutima!

to the idiot commenters - you don't need to seek permission from Reuters or AP to quote them, you simply need to credit them properly

Posted by Anonymous on December 18, 2015 14:42


I'm so glad I took your suggestion.

I'm having immense fun before you pull down the shutters.

Posted by Sir Burr on December 18, 2015 15:09

Editor Comment:

What suggestion was that, sir burr? You've grown a brain? Well done. With exercise and fertiliser, you might even be able to expand it from pea-size.


"Corporate Reuters also chose to disparage the work of the Phuketwan reporter who had for a time been their paid employee, and performed to a high professional standard to help make their work effective"

That very same PW reporter, one of 7 "Thais who made us proud" in 2015. Speaking for myself and more than a few other informed PW readers, we are indeed very proud of you, Khun Chutima!

Posted by Treelover on December 18, 2015 15:29


Hmmmmm........has your brain shrunk so much that you can't remember your own suggestion to readers?
Especially to Doomsayers and those that "don't add value".

Posted by sir burr on December 18, 2015 16:39

Editor Comment:

I have no recollection of doomsayers, sir burr, they've been extinct for years. But clearly, you always have fallen into the ''don't add value'' category. Let's make this your last waste of time, shall we?


The Reuters article was only one of many articles published here and helped bring the attention of roginghya to the world
Many other articles were written by the staff themselves but never fell foul of the authorities

Posted by Michael on December 18, 2015 17:32

Editor Comment:

The only problem we've ever had was with the paragraph written by Reuters' Pulitzer-Prize-winning team. Go figure.


Ed they gave you a honorable mention maybe kinda makes you inspirational farang of the year so good on you, Sir Burr and Sid have you made any offers for the Phuket Wan oh your remaining armchair critics to the shutters come down who would have imagined.

Posted by slickmelb on December 18, 2015 19:17

Editor Comment:

I feel honored to get that honorable mention, slickmelb, but then very few non-Thais have spent a substantial part of their own life savings trying to make Thailand a better place. Come to think of it, Thais who spend their own money trying to make their country a better place are rare, too.


Congratulations Khun Chutima ! You are indeed an inspiration and a much much braver person than I. Well deserved praised.

(Ed, I wouldn't waste my time with these oxygen thiefs. What a waste of life. And in an article about an inspiration ! You'd think they'd realise and wind their necks in. Maybe not ...)

Anyway, well done Khun Chutima ! Truly deserved.

Posted by James on December 18, 2015 21:20


Sir burr: your problem is much more deep seated than the editor. You lash out at him because of your own deeply-rooted insecurities.
Don't blame others for your own unresolved issues. No bolthole?

You should have figured that out before you went all in in Thailand. Stop blaming others for your own inadequacies.

I wish the best for,and congratulate All Phuketwan workers for a job very well done!

Posted by Farang888 on December 19, 2015 08:00

Editor Comment:

Thanks, Farang888.


Ever considered getting a job as the Nabob of Negativity?
You'd be far better off working on your vast unresolved personal issues BEFORE using your ad hominem attacks on people who would never budge because of the sorry likes of you. Sad case you are.

Posted by Farang888 on December 19, 2015 08:11


I have been following this site, for some time, and have come to the conclusion that Ed has a few aliases, this explains a few "supporters."

Posted by Laurie Howells on December 19, 2015 08:31

Editor Comment:

No need for subterfuge and aliases, Laurie. That would be a poor example to set. We can tell right from wrong. Mind you, there are seriously nutty people out there who use multiple addresses to support their crackpot agendas. Personally, I couldn't care less. My view is that you would be a fool to treat Internet commentary as bearing any resemblance to real life.


Congratulations Khun Chutima!!

I have sent out a tweet or ten in tribute to you and your achievement in making the distinguished list.

As I have said several times you are already famous even though you don't want to be. Sorry about that! Very sorry. It is not my fault na.

I am glad that the ledger is now balanced with Alan winning an Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award on 5 November 2015 in a ceremony in Sydney.

Best wishes to you both!

Posted by Ian Yarwood on December 19, 2015 09:16

Editor Comment:

Thanks, Ian. Your advocacy work is also responsible for bringing changes.


If Chutima Sidasathian is Editor-In-Chief what is Alan now? Why are you closing Phuketwan you seem to enjoy running it? What will you do?

Posted by Mr Happy on December 20, 2015 19:05

Editor Comment:

Eight years working seven days a week is quite enough thanks, Mr Happy. The site was breaking even but the Royal Thai Navy suit for criminal defamation ended that neat balance. We will move on and do other things.

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