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At least 10 foreign correspondents based in Thailand have been denied media visas during the past two months, said the former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.

Jonathan Head, who has been tasked with monitoring and responding to issue, said all 10 were bona fide journalists and not fakes, making it difficult to understand the rationale for the Foreign Ministry’s decisions. 

“We still don’t really understand what the Foreign Ministry is trying to achieve,” he said.  “All are doing legitimate media work.”

While Head would not name any of the 10 people, he said some of were freelance photographers and feature writers from small European countries.

None of the 10 has produced any work that could be regarded as critical of the junta or the monarchy, he added.


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