Thailand seeks ‘humanitarian’ solution for fleeing journos


ThE country said it was seeking a “humanitarian” solution for three Myanmar journalists arrested after fleeing across the border to escape a junta crackdown.

The trio’s employer – the Democratic Voice of Burma – and the Thai foreign correspondents’ club urged the authorities not to deport them, warning their lives could be in danger if they returned.

The military junta which ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 1 has hit back at mass uprising by shooting protesters, arresting suspected dissidents in night raids, and targeting journalists and news outlets by shutting them down.

Thai authorities yesterday confirmed the arrests, while a foreign ministry spokesman said they were seeking a way out of the case.

“Thai authorities concerned are coordinating to find possible humanitarian solution(s) to this case, ” Tanee told reporters.

DVB said the group was arrested during a random search in the northern city of Chiang Mai, and would appear in court to face charges of illegally entering Thailand.

“The world is watching what the Thai authorities do in this important case for press freedom in Myanmar and the region, ” the correspondents’ club said. — AFP

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