Police on Thursday said they would seek a warrant to arrest the editor of a news site that published accounts of an alleged sexual assault on the tourist island of Koh Tao.
The editor of the Samui Times, Suzanne Buchanan, will be charged under cybercrime laws for defaming the island’s reputation, according to Tourist Police deputy commander Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpan, who also said police have concluded the reported assault of a British woman did not take place.
“I’d like to insist that we will never protect any crime or negligent official,” Surachet said. “But in our work today, we have only one goal: to seek the truth in order to defend Thailand’s reputation.”
Buchanan maintained her news agency investigated and reported the claim with due diligence.
“We have not heard from the police in Thailand with regards to any arrest warrants,” The editor wrote in an email. “The Samui Times was approached by the girl’s family, investigated her claims and reported accordingly as is the job of a news publication. As this is not fake news we find the allegations unfathomable.”
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“But in our work today, we have only one goal: to seek the truth in order to defend Thailand’s reputation.” – Haven’t I always said it’s all about “saving face” in this country? #Thailand https://t.co/s14pokDrgR
— Hathai Pia (@HathaiPia) August 31, 2018