Thai junta warns media against reporting on human trafficking

Khaosod English: Thailand's military leader has asked the media not to report on human trafficking without considering how the news will affect the country's seafood industry and reputation abroad.

"Please don't escalate this news," Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters in reference to Channel 3 report about Thai nationals who have been duped into slaving on Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters.
 
Gen. Prayuth warned that if any news reports cause Thailand’s seafood industry to loses customers, "the people who published the news will have to be held responsible."
 
According to Gen. Prayuth, the government will summon the Channel 3 journalist,  Thapanee Ietsrichai, who has been reporting on the plight of Thai men languishing on the slave ships. 
 

 

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