Journalist Killed in Thailand's Troubled South

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) is deeply distressed at reports that one journalist was

killed and another injured in a bomb blast in the Sungai Kolok district of

Narathiwat province in southern Thailand

on August 21.

 

Chalee Boonsawat, a reporter for Thai Rath newspaper, was killed in the

attack outside a restaurant in Sungai Kolok, a town near Thailand’s border with Malaysia.

 

Local news reports said Phadung

Wannalak, a reporter with ModernNINE TV, as among the 30 people injured in the

attack.

 

The Thai Journalists’ Association

(TJA), the Confederation of Thai Journalists and the Thai Broadcast Journalists’

Association said in an open letter on August 22 that Chalee’s death was a

“great loss to the Thai media community”.

 

“It is the first time a reporter

has been killed in the conflict situation in the three southern-most provinces,”

they said.

 

Long-standing unrest and violence plagues

Thailand’s

southern provinces as conflict between a Muslim separatist movement and local authorities

continues without resolve.

 

“The death of Chalee Boonsawat and

the injuries caused to Phadung Wannalak are a chilling reminder of the great danger

faced by journalists working in conflict zones,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific said.

 

“The IFJ honours the courage of

journalists such as Chalee and Phadung who risk their lives to provide the public

with much-needed information, and calls on all media owners to ensure that

adequate preparation and safety measures are provided to all media personnel

working in notoriously dangerous locations.”

 

For further information

contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612

9333 0919

 

The IFJ represents over 600,000 in

122 countries worldwide