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Press group saddened by killing of Italian, Japanese journalists

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Foreign correspondents in Bangkok expressed concern Saturday about intimidation of journalists and sadness over journalists killed during clashes between anti-government protestors and soldiers.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) said it was “deeply saddened by the death of Italian freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi on 19 May from gunshot wounds, and extends its condolences to his family and friends.”

It was the second media fatality during the current political unrest in Bangkok, following the fatal shooting on April 10 of Japanese cameraman Hiroyaki Muramoto.

“Many more civilians have been killed, and the FCCT hopes that every effort will be made to correctly identify those responsible for each individual death so that similar tragedies will not be repeated,” the press group’s statement said.

The Nation


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