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Reuters detail work of journalists detained in Myanmar

Tanutam Thawan

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Reuters have released a report on ethnic killings in Myanmar, detailing research done by two of its reporters currently jailed in Myanmar.

The news agency details the slaughter of 10 Rohingya men in the village of Inn Din, where Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo spoke with Buddhist neighbors who reportedly admitted to killing the men and burying their bodies in a mass grave.

The report includes a photo of the 10 men kneeling with their hands tied behind their backs, reportedly on the same day they were killed. Another one shows the men’s bodies in a mass grave. Witnesses authenticated the photographs, according to Reuters.

“The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted Myanmar police authorities to arrest two of the news agency’s reporters,” the report said.

The two reporters are being tried under the Official Secrets Act – a British colonial-era, counterespionage law – for their investigative work with Reuters, the international news wire, on military operations in Rakhine state. Following militant attacks in August, the crackdown has driven close to 700,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh.

In a rare admission of guilt, Myanmar’s military said a month after the reporters’ arrests that its security forces were responsible for the deaths of 10 Rohingya found in the Inn Din mass grave.

The military continues to deny systematic killings of the Rohingya Muslim minority, which the United Nations has deemed ethnic cleansing.

Read more about the work of these two reporters HERE.

STORY: Voice of America

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Don’t forget to extend your visa! Thai Immigration warns about fines for late applicants

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Still need to extend your visa? You have until Halloween. With the visa amnesty deadline approaching, Thai Immigration Bureau is reminding foreigners to get their visa in order by October 31. Late applicants will be fined, they say.

No matter when the visa is extended, as long as it’s before the deadline, it will go into effect on November 1 and allow a 60 day stay. The immigration bureau says foreigners should file an application with their local immigration office.

Since the recent amnesty period was put in place a few days after the initial September 26 deadline, those who paid 1,900 baht for 30 day visa extensions last month are now allowed to stay until November 30, but they need to go to immigration to get a stamp with the new expiration date.

The amnesty was first put in place in April due to travel restrictions and the global spread of the coronavirus. The grace period was set to end in July, then extended to late-September, and then extended again after many were unable to leave the country or get their visa in order before the deadline.

SOURCE: Thai Immigration

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Man allegedly burns down house because his wife refused sex

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A 33 year old man was arrested after he allegedly set a house on fire because his wife didn’t want to have sex with him.

Narongchan Paksarom allegedly drove his motorcycle to a house in the Isaan province Buriram where his wife was living and approached the home wearing nothing but a towel, according to his wife Ratchaneekorn Yeeram. She told police her husband’s words scared her and she quickly left her home, taking her children, ages 4 and 9, with her.

Narongchan then allegedly set the home on fire. Reports don’t go into detail about how the fire was started, or how much damage was done to the home, but photos show the fire engulfing the entire home. Neighbours say the alleged arsonist also threatened them with a knife.

Police say that Narongchan admitted to starting the fire and said he was angry because his wife didn’t want to have sex with him. Ratchaeekorn says she believes her husband’s actions were because he was high on drugs. Police tested the man’s urine and it came out positive for narcotics.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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“Koh Samui is still safe”, Covid-19 measures in place – Health Minister

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Koh Samui is safe to visit … apparently. Even though a woman on the island recently tested positive for Covid-19, the world’s favourite public health minister is assuring the Koh Samui public that health measures on the island are effective and it’s still a safe destination for tourists, presumably the few Thai tourists willing to pay extortionate airfares demanded by Bangkok Airways.

The 57 year old Thai/French woman tested positive for the coronavirus 5 days after she was released from a Samut Prakan quarantine accommodation where she spent the mandatory 2 weeks in isolation after entering the country. She complained of a fever a few days before going to a hospital on the island. Although she didn’t feel well, she went shopping at a Big C and 7-Eleven.

Health officials investigating the case say they found traces of the virus on gym equipment the woman used at the quarantine accommodation, leading them to suspect she came in contact with the virus before arriving to Koh Samui.

In response to the case, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul travelled the island to deliver 1,000 tablets of the antiviral drug Favipiravir to local hospitals. The drug has been approved in Thailand to treat Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms.

Anutin is urging the public not to worry, saying the island is safe and people can visit as usual. He says there are stringent health measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Although Koh Samui reported a rare case of the virus detected outside of quarantine, Anutin says he’s more concerned with the risk of transmission at Bangkok’s ongoing protests. He says he’s instructed the Department of Medical Services to set up medical tents at protest sites that will provide face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand| Facebook: NNB

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