New York, February 15, 2005
—Unidentified gunmen shot and killed Pongkiat Saetang, editor of the bimonthly newspaper Had Yai Post
, near a market in Had Yai, in southern Thailand's Songkhla Province yesterday. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating to determine whether he was killed for his journalistic work.
Two assailants shot Pongkiat twice in the back while he was riding his motorcycle near Thungsao Market at around 8:30a.m., according to The Nation
newspaper, which quoted police. The Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance reported that Pongkiat was pronounced dead on the scene, and the gunmen fled by motorcycle.