Media intimidation risks trust in govt

Swift and drastic police action against a journalist who was covering a case of an ex-police chief's unusual wealth gives the strong impression that the authorities are using power to intimidate the media in order to serve influential figures.

Natthaporn Weeranun, a reporter for the web-based Isra News Agency, has been charged with trespassing after entering an apartment believed to belong to Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwon, former police chief and younger brother of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

Pol Gen Patcharawat, who is now a member of the coup-installed National Legislative Assembly (NLA), has faced a probe conducted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) regarding his alleged unusual wealth.

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