13 Feb. 2024 – Prachatai website It was reported on February 12 that Natthaphon Meksophon or Pae, a reporter for Prachatai (the person wearing glasses on the right of the photo), was served an arrest warrant by plainclothes police on charges of being an advocate of causing damage to an ancient site by writing messages.
This arrest warrant is believed to be a result of previously Natthaphon along with reporters from other news agencies following the news report of the incident on March 28, 2023 at approximately 5:40 p.m. in a coincidental case. (Last name reserved) 25-year-old artist spray-painted messages to make the No 112 symbol and the “Anakist” symbol on the wall of Wat Phra Kaew. Opposite side of Sanam Luang
This arrest warrant specifies that the person applying for the arrest warrant to the Criminal Court is Pol. Lt. Col. Silpachai Yommai, an investigative officer from the Royal Palace Police Station. The judge who approved the arrest warrant was Atthakarn Fucharoen.
This arrest warrant was issued this time. Nattapon had never received a summons to acknowledge the charges before.
At 3:17 p.m., Prachatai learned from a freelance photographer who was covering the same incident that the police had arrested them with an arrest warrant while stopping to make a phone call at Wat Suthiwararam. Later learned the name of the said freelance photographer was Natthaphon Phanphongsanon or Ya.
Lawyers from the Human Rights Lawyers Center who arrived Royal Palace Police Station to provide legal assistance to journalists, informed that at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Royal Palace Police Station, police were deployed and a steel fence was set up to block the entrance to the police station.
4:50 p.m. Editors and managers of news agencies, including lawyers, were able to negotiate a meeting with the Prachatai reporter who was detained in the interrogation room. At this time, the arrest record is being made.
5:25 p.m. Reporters report that the Royal Palace police officers will transfer the Prachatai reporter to prison at Chalong Krung Police Station, Minburi area, while waiting to be transferred to the Ratchada Criminal Court to request the court’s authority to detain him while investigating on February 13.
6:00 p.m., the reporter further reported that After recording the arrest and interrogation A Prachatai reporter and a freelance photographer have denied the charges. The lawyer then requested bail for both men. The investigating officer accepted the bail request before consulting with his supervisor.
However, later the investigative officer confirmed that the Prachatai reporter would be detained while waiting to be sent to court at Chalong Krung Police Station in the Minburi area. As for the freelance photographer, he would be detained while waiting to be sent to court at Thung Song Hong Police Station and have a lawyer apply for bail during the investigation with the court instead
Thewarit Maneechai, editor of Prachatai, commented after being a trusted person listening to the police record-making process that Confirmed that both of them went to make news. And making news is not supporting wrongdoing. If you say that journalism is support Is making news about harming people the same as supporting harming people?
“Actually, our position is not a conflict. We want to present the facts according to the events that happened,” said Prachatai.
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