Reporters in the July 23 Incident

In this photo, we see the two reporters involved in the July 23 incident being interrogated by the police at Bangkok International Airport. At one point during this session with the police, Li Yapeng and the reporters were allowed to discuss the matter. Now that we’ve had a few days to reflect on the implications, I think we can all agree that the issue goes far beyond this incident and involves major questions such as freedom of the press, privacy vs. the people’s right to know, and the burden of public figures in

(photo source:, 26 July 2008)

the media spotlight. The issue also involves questions about the rights as well as responsibilities of media re the welfare of children, the most vulnerable people in our society. These issues came to a head in this incident, and although this specific conflict has been settled, the bigger questions are far from resolved.


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