04 October 2016

Citizen Reporters

Thailand's public-service television station Thai PBS is facing a 50 million baht lawsuit from mining company Tungkum. The company is suing for defamation following a report broadcast on 15th September last year. (Defamation, like lèse-majesté, is a criminal offence in Thailand.)

The report, part of a series titled Citizen Reporters, alleged that a recently-opened gold mine in Loei, northern Thailand, has caused water pollution and other environmental damage. The segment was presented by a local schoolgirl, Wanphen Khunna, who is being sued along with several Thai PBS journalists.