IFJ Mourns Death of Journalist in Southern Thailand

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) is deeply distressed by the death of Thai journalist

Phamon Phonphanit who was killed in a bomb blast in the Sungai Kolok

district of Narathiwat province in southern Thailand on September 24.

 

According to Bangkok

Post reports, Sue Samut Atyakam reporter Phamon, 61, is

the sixth person to die as a result the attack, after succumbing to severe burns

sustained in the blast on September 16.

 

Phamon was injured by a third blast while

reporting two earlier blasts, each set to detonate 20

minutes apart. A fourth bomb was discovered and defused prior to detonation. On

September 24, police arrested two suspects for the attack which also injured

more than 100 people.

 

“Phamon’s death should serve as a reminder to media

owners to ensure that adequate safety measures are provided to all media

personnel working in dangerous locations,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The IFJ honours the courage of journalists working

in conflict areas who risk their lives to keep the public informed, but is

saddened that this work so often comes at the highest price.”

 

Phamon’s death is the second in recent years

in Thailand’s

troubled Narathiwat province. On August 21, 2008, Thai Rath reporter

Chalee

Boonsawat was killed in a bomb blast outside a restaurant in the same

district.

 

Long-standing civil unrest and violence plagues Thailand’s

southern provinces as conflict between various Muslim separatist movements and government

authorities continues without resolve.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ represents

more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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