Association wants some answers on Veera’s removal

21 February 2004
Source: The Nation

The Thai Journalists Association yesterday demanded that the Bangkok Post’s board give its reasons for removing Veera Prateepchaikul as editor of the newspaper.

The association asked the Bangkok Post’s board to comment on reports that Veera had been removed because the newspaper ran articles critical of the government.

“To save the credibility of the Bangkok Post and to ensure journalists of their press freedom, the Bangkok Post’s board of directors must tell the truth behind Veera’s removal,” the association said in the statement.

Suthikiati Chirathivat, chairman of the English-language newspaper’s management committee, yesterday recommended to the board that Veera be removed from the position of editor and made deputy group editor of the Post.

The association stated that although the matter was an internal affair of the newspaper, it was concerned that the transfer was linked to the fact that the Post under Veera’s editorial management had presented coverage that was critical of the government. Many times the leader of the government had publicly rebuked the Post for its articles.

The statement said Veera, president of the Thai Journalists Association, is a journalist of high ethics and integrity. His two-year term ends on March 3 and the association’s 1,500 members have been proud of his work as their president, the statement said.

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