An Australian editor and his Thai reporter colleague were found not guilty on Tuesday of criminal defamation for reporting on the alleged involvement of Thai naval officers in the trafficking of Burmese Rohingya refugees.
“We’re delighted. It’s such a wonderful day for media freedom and Thai justice. When the judge read out the verdict there was a huge sense of relief. And there was a round of applause when we left the court house,” Alan Morison, editor of independent news website Phuketwan, told the Guardian on the telephone.