Journalist Shot in Thailand’s South


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is shocked by the

brutal murder on January 13 of owner

and editor of Inside Phuket,Wisut

"Ae" Tangwittayaporn, in Thailand’s southern island of Phuket.



44, in addition to being the driving force behind Inside Phuket, was also a leading member of the United Front for

Democracy Against Dictatorship, popularly known as the ‘red shirt’ movement, whose

protests brought Bangkok

to a standstill in 2010.


According to Thai police, Wisut was attacked by two men on motorcycles

while driving in the Muang district of Phuket with his wife. The assailants

shot four times through the front windshield of Wisut’s car, hitting him twice

in the chest and once in the right shoulder. He died from his injuries at

nearby Vajira Phuket hospital.

Police are investigating the murder, and have advised the media that

they now believe the attacks were a response to Wisut’s reporting of the illegal issuing of land

titles in Phuket.

“It is essential that Thailand’s

journalists are able to continue reporting safely on matters of great concern

to the public,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.



authorities must therefore follow through on their promise to fully investigate

the murder of Wisut Tangwittayaporn, to send a clear message that attacks on

journalists will not be tolerated.”


Wisut is the first media worker to have been killed in Thailand this

year. On September 24, 2011, another Thai journalist, Phamon Phonphanit, was killed in a bomb blast in the Sungai Kolok district

of Narathiwat province in southern Thailand.


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on +612 9333 0919



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