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Shawn W. Crispin

CPJ Senior Southeast Asia Representative Shawn W. Crispin is based in Bangkok, where he is a reporter and editor for Asia Times Online. He has led CPJ missions throughout the region, and is the author of the CPJ special report, "Vietnam’s press freedom shrinks despite open economy."

Blog   |   Thailand

In Thailand, remembering Neil Davis, Bill Latch

Colleagues try to pull NBC soundman Bill Latch to safety during violence in Bangkok 25 years ago. Latch and correspondent Neil Davis died in the unrest. (Reuters)

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) hosted a memorial Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the deaths of NBC cameraman correspondent Neil Davis and soundman Bill Latch. The two journalists were killed by military fire on September 9, 1985, while covering a failed coup attempt in the Thai capital. 

September 10, 2010 2:28 PM ET

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Blog   |   Thailand

In Polenghi case, autopsy shared but more needed

A memorial to Polenghi (Reuters)

Two days before Italian photographer Fabio Polenghi was fatally shot while covering widespread civil unrest in the streets of Bangkok, he posted a short message to his Facebook page: “Every day is a gift, so do your best,” he wrote in a message made more poignant by his death on May 19. 

More than two months later, however, it’s not clear that Thai authorities are doing their best to solve the case and bring the perpetrators to justice. 

August 2, 2010 1:59 PM ET

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Blog   |   Thailand

Thailand responds to CPJ about recent attacks on the press

Thailand's Washington-based embassy issued an official reply to CPJ's June 7 letter addressed to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in which we expressed our concerns about the country's deteriorating security situation for journalists. CPJ's letter highlighted in particular our concerns about two journalists—Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto and freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi—who were killed while covering recent clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces.
June 17, 2010 12:57 PM ET

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Blog   |   Thailand

Dangers to reporters in Thailand creep closer

UDD protesters fill the central commercial area of Bangkok. (AP/David Longstreath)New York Times reporter Thomas Fuller was literally in the line of fire on Thursday when a dissident Thai soldier he was interviewing was shot in the head and severely wounded mid-conversation.
May 13, 2010 4:46 PM ET

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Blog   |   Philippines

Philippine high court spokesman: Death threats ‘funny’

Marquez (AP)Midas Marquez, spokesman for the Philippine Supreme Court, has told local reporters that he considers death threats sent anonymously by text message to journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug to be “funny” and “ridiculous.” Marquez was asked to comment in his official role because the threats began shortly after the release of Vitug’s new book, Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, which critiques the inner workings of the high court.

Blog   |   Philippines

Garcia-Esperat murder suspects back at work in Philippines

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On the run for more than a calendar year from court-ordered arrest warrants, Osmeña Montañer and Estrella Sabay, the alleged masterminds in the 2005 murder of Philippine investigative journalist Marlene Garcia-Esperat, at left, are now out of hiding and back at work as senior Department of Agriculture finance officials, according to recent reports in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

February 25, 2010 4:54 PM ET

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Blog   |   Philippines

Report: Why haven’t Maguindanao gunmen been arrested?

Local politician Andal Ampatuan Jr. has been charged in the killings, but roughly 100 gunmen have not. (AP/Pat Roque)International press freedom groups, including CPJ, have released a new, in-depth report into the November massacre of 30 journalists and two media support workers in Maguindanao province, Philippines. The 32-page document questions why roughly 100 gunmen believed to be involved in the election-related killings have yet to be arrested, and it emphasizes the need for international groups to closely monitor the investigation and court proceedings. 

January 26, 2010 1:10 PM ET

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Blog   |   Philippines

Journalist death toll rises in Philippines massacre

Andal Ampatuan Jr. is escorted to his trial. (Reuters)

The identification this week of photographer Jepon Cadagdagon as another victim in the Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre has raised the death toll of journalists and media workers to 32. Even before accounting for Cadagdagon, CPJ had characterized the massacre, allegedly carried out by a ruling political clan in the area, as the deadliest event for the press in recent memory.    

January 21, 2010 11:52 AM ET

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