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
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,”
Long-standing unrest and violence plagues
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
“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
The IFJ represents over 600,000 in
122 countries worldwide