BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by HHTel » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:45 am

Dropped the charges in what would have caused a more public/international outcry and as has been said, holding on to the easier target. Yes I agree that hopefully the BBC will give their support.

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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by caller » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:54 am

dtaai-maai wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:28 am
I hope the BBC will support Ian Rance.
Yes, hopefully they have a conscience.
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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by oakdale160 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:07 am

BBC needs to hammer away day after day detailing the corruption and mentioning how the military government is powerless and ineffective in stopping it--that should get their attention.

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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by PeteC » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:32 pm

Khaosod just had a one-liner on their FB page stating: "Update: Charges against Ian Rance dropped".

No further details available at the moment on their website so we'll see later on tonight or in the morning. Pete :cheers:
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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by pharvey » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:35 pm

prcscct wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:32 pm
Khaosod just had a one-liner on their FB page stating: "Update: Charges against Ian Rance dropped".

No further details available at the moment on their website so we'll see later on tonight or in the morning. Pete :cheers:
From The Guardian: -

"A Thai lawyer has dropped his criminal defamation suit against a BBC correspondent who investigated foreigners being scammed of their retirement homes in the country, the broadcaster has said.
Jonathan Head, the BBC’s south-east Asia correspondent, faced up to five years in jail after his report exposed how two foreign retirees had Phuket properties stolen from them by a network of criminals and corrupt officials.
Rights groups have said the case highlights how Thailand’s broad defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to uncover wrongdoing in a country where corruption is endemic.
The lawyer who brought the suit – Pratuan Thanarak – decided to drop the charges against Head on the first day of the trial on Wednesday.

“The plaintiff has withdrawn his case against BBC journalist Jonathan Head, but as the trial of his co-defendant is continuing we cannot comment further at present,” the BBC said in a short statement."


Full Article: - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... n-thailand
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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by HHTel » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:45 pm

Jonathon Head's twitter account confirms that charges against himself and his co-defendant have been dropped.

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Post by caller » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:23 pm

HHTel wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:45 pm
Jonathon Head's twitter account confirms that charges against himself and his co-defendant have been dropped.
Well, lets be honest, this would have done nothing other than expose the rotten core at the heart of this Country. There will be another big story tomorrow.
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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by PeteC » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:42 am

^ ^ That Guardian article Pharvey was a day before the Khaosod breaking news late yesterday afternoon. Pete :cheers:
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Re: BBC journalist faces five years in jail for reporting Thai fraud

Post by pharvey » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:53 am

prcscct wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:42 am
^ ^ That Guardian article Pharvey was a day before the Khaosod breaking news late yesterday afternoon. Pete :cheers:
Love to say I was late on all things...... :oops: Read it slightly wrong Pete, apologies.

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