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Phuketwan journalists charged with defaming Thailand’s navy

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:21PM UTC Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian. Pic: Phuketwan.com.

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming Thailand’s navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma. The Australian editor of the Phuketwan website Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian appeared at a court Thursday on the southern island of Phuket to hear charges of defamation and violation of the computer crime act.

Phuket journalists on trial for quoting Pulitzer-prize winning Rohingya trafficking report

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:30AM UTC Pic: Greg Constantine:

UPDATE: After spending five hours in court cell, Phuketwan reporters Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian are released on bail (100,000 Baht each) and are remanded to appear in court again on May 26, according to a report by Australia’s The Age. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The trial against two Phuket journalists for alleged defamation is set

Pulitzer prize, Reuters, Rohingya, the Thai Navy, and Phuketwan

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:15PM UTC This screengrab from the Phuketwan website shows Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian. Pic: Phuketwan.

First, some background. The Rohingya have been systematically mistreated over the years, including by the Thai military. Below is an excerpt from a previous post which summarizes much of what transpired with the Rohingya in late 2008/early 2009: The Nation should think back to the beginning of the year when

Phuketwan journalists face jail over reprint of Pulitzer-winning story

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 3:56PM UTC Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian. Pic: Phuketwan.com.

In an ironic and shameful twist, two Reuters journalists were awarded the Pulitzer prize for covering the plight of Burma’s Rohingya while two Thailand-based reporters could face jail for republishing a paragraph from the Pulitzer-winning reports.

China Film takes 1st stake in Hollywood movies

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:37PM UTC Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s state-owned film distributor is making its first investment in Hollywood movies by taking a stake in two projects by production company Legendary Entertainment. The two companies said on Tuesday that China Film would make an “eight-figure equity investment” in two upcoming films, “Seventh Son” and

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