Sayomchai Vijitwittayapong

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Sayomchai, an investigative reporter for Bangkok's third-largest daily newspaper, Matichon, was found dead of a gunshot wound in his car in the city of Phichit in central Thailand. He was last seen leaving his Bangkok home on January 9 with a tape recorder and camera on his way to meet a village headman. Colleagues believe he was killed because of his reporting on corruption in the construction industry. He had received death threats and had reportedly refused a bribe to drop his investigation.

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