Media to red-shirts: Stop harassment

Media to red-shirts: Stop harassment – Bangkok Post, August 31, 2011
…The call follows a rally by red-shirt supporters outside Channel 7 on Tuesday demanding the dismissal of one of its female reporters.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the two media associations said the red-shirts were interfering with the freedom of the media and trying to intimidate members of the media…

[2015 note: Like many Thai newspaper articles from just a few years ago, this article is no longer online. Below is the complete text of the original article.]

Thai Journalist Association Calls On Red Shirts To Stop Harassing Media Members

Report by Online Reporters: “Media to Red-Shirts: Stop Harassment”

The Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the News Broadcasting Council of Thailand has called on the red-shirts to stop trying to intimidate the media.

The call follows a rally by red-shirt supporters outside Channel 7 on Tuesday demanding the dismissal of one of its female reporters.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the two media associations said the red-shirts were interfering with the freedom of the media and trying to intimidate members of the media.They must stop their intimidation immediately.

If any reporters failed to do their job properly or their reporting was not correct, people could respond by following proper procedures or legal channels to file a complaint.

The media associations also called on the government to restrain its red-shirt supporters from harassing reporters who were performing their job and monitoring the government. This was in line with the government’s efforts to foster national reconciliation.

The statement gave support to Somjit Nawakruasunthorn, the Channel 7 political reporter under pressure from the red-shirts to resign. About 20 red shirt supporters rallied outside the head office of Channel 7 on Tuesday and demanded that management look into the conduct of one of its female reporters.

Group leader Nopporn Namchiangtai handed a letter of complaint to the television station, alleging that Ms Somjit made inappropriate remarks to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during an interview.

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