New York Times retracts claims about crime wave in Thailand

Data Contradicts New York Times on Crime Increase Under Junta – KhaoSod, December 9, 2015
…According to “Thai Economy and Spirits are Sagging” by regional correspondent Thomas Fuller, “[r]obberies and other property crimes have risen more than 60 percent this year.”
…The article was one of several recently redacted in local print editions of the International New York Times by its Bangkok-based publisher. It was held up by a number of commentators on social media as an example of the perils of censorship. The reported wave of crime was a striking detail, as it had not been widely reported elsewhere.
Fuller was traveling Wednesday and could not be reached by telephone. Responding by email, he referred questions about the story to the police statistics division, which published the data which is inconsistent with his report…

December 17, 2015: New York Times retracts the claim and publishes a correction
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]

Thai Economy and Spirits Are Sagging – New York times, November 29, 2015

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