Journalist shot and wounded after investigating post-tsunami land grabs

first_img Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned an attack on Manop Rattanacharungporn of the Matichon daily newspaper, who was shot and badly wounded in the leg on 1 June in the southern province of Phangnga, apparently in reprisal for his reporting on illegal land appropriations in tsuanami-hit areas.At the same time, in a letter to justice minister Suwat Liptapanlop, the press freedom organisation hailed the measures so far taken by the Thai authorities in this case.”The investigation under way must lead to the arrest and trial of both the perpetrators and instigators of this serious press freedom violation,” Reporters Without Borders said.Rattanacharungporn is still hospitalised as a result of the injuries he received when two men fired on him as he was driving home from his plantation at Tambon Natoey. His newspaper believes the attack was prompted by articles he wrote a month before about the illegal acquisition by criminal groups of mangrove areas belonging to the state.The justice minister has ordered an investigation into these irregularities and he inspected the areas concerned on 5 June before visiting Rattanacharungporn in hospital. He also instructed the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) to send a team to the area to pursue the enquiries.Reached by telephone, DSI director general Sombat Amornvivat said Rattanacharungporn is now in the witness protection programme and will be called on to testify in court. He also revealed that some of those involved in the attack have been identified although they have not yet been arrested. News ThailandAsia – Pacific Newscenter_img News June 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist shot and wounded after investigating post-tsunami land grabs Organisation Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Period of stability key to region’s recovery

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPeriod of stability key to region’s recoveryBy admin – November 25, 2010 487 Twitter Linkedin LIMERICK people are afraid to part with their money ahead of Budget 2011 as they don’t know how much will be left in their pockets, but with a general election on the horizon, hopes have been expressed by the local business community that such an eventuality could spark increased growth and stability in the region. Maria Kelly, CEO Limerick Chamber, insists it is “most important that the Government gets its budget and four-year plan through to meet the conditions of the IMF and the EU”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Her comments came after Taoiseach, Brian Cowen declared on Monday he will call a general election early in the new year, “as soon as the budget process has been seen through”. Noting that the within the next two years, a declining Limerick city centre and indeed, the economic picture as a whole, could see a return to growth, Ms Kelly told the Limerick Post that the reaction to the IMF has been somewhat peculiar.“We have been in free-fall for some time and we have never hit the bottom, but maybe now we have hit the bottom, and I hope that the political parties recognise the importance of seeing this process through and then let the people have their say in the new year”.However, Ms Kelly, adopting a positive stance, revealed she had spoken to many business owners who had acknowledged a substantial increase in their turnover, and she expressed confidence that 2011 could see a return for the majority of those that suffered at the front-line of the economy.This sentiment is echoed by Graham Byrnes, regional director at CPL, who says that he would welcome the announcement of the general election as he feels that Limerick is in need of representation at the Cabinet table. “We need stability here, and potential investors crave certainty if multinationals are to set up in the region, while allowing exporters to avail of opportunity.“Companies are hiring and we have seen an increase in demand to fill jobs, but this needs to grow once the size of this financial bail out is identified. Ireland and indeed, Limerick, has seen an increase in competitiveness as salaries and costs have fallen.“Now is the time for direct foreign investment to pick up an educated workforce. It is two years now since the Dell closure and with the support of grants and training stimulus packages, Limerick is getting back on its feet”.Commentators and the business community are embracing the announcement of a general election on the whole, citing a period of stability as the key to recovery. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Print WhatsApp Email Previous articleCar reg gives sneak offender awayNext articleCouncil denounces ‘scurrilous’ local newspaper report adminlast_img read more