Thailand drops Hong Kong photographer flak jacket case

Thai prosecutors have dropped their case against a Hong Kong photojournalist who was arrested for carrying a bulletproof vest in his hand luggage, an official said Tuesday (March 8).

The case sparked an outcry from media freedom groups, who said Thailand should not punish reporters for carrying body armour and protective gear in and out of dangerous zones. Anthony Kwan Hok Chun, 29, was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport in August. He had been covering the aftermath of a deadly Bangkok bomb blast at a religious shrine popular with Chinese tourists. He was held for carrying a flak jacket and helmet in his carry-on luggage.  Both items are classified as weapons under Thai law and Kwan was charged with breaching the Arms Control Act – punishable by up to five years in jail.

-more at straits times


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