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From the Khasod article in Post #1:

“False accusations and distorted news coverage has caused a negative image to the tourism sector in the province,” Uaychai was quoted as saying by Matichon. “As the provincial governor, I represent someone directly damaged by this.”

So the governor I guess says that he is bringing the suit in representing one or more injured persons -- not a 'place'.

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If this lawsuit were in Court today, there would be no way any lawyer for the defense could make the claim that anyone was murdered on Koh Tao except for the late Ms. Witheridge and late Mr. D. Miller.

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Koh Tao governor threatens legal action over ‘distorted’ website story

 

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The Surat Thani governor yesterday criticised a local website that branded Koh Tao as an island of death, following the recent death of a Belgian tourist in April.

 

Saying he was seeking to take legal action, Governor Uachai Inthanak said the incorrect, false and distorted report has tarnished the island’s reputation and image.

 

Koh Tao resort island is located off Surat Thani and near Samui Island.

 

The website, Samui Times, based its report on seven deaths that occurred on the island, but the governor said that only one case was the result of a murder.

 

He was referring to a brutal murder of two British backpackers in 2014. Two Myanmar workers were arrested for killing the tourists and now face a death sentence.

 

The latest death of Elise Dallemagne, which Thai police concluded was a suicide, has drawn attention to the island. Her mother told the foreign media that she did not believe her daughter committed suicide and Thai police were trying to cover up the real cause.

 

However, Thai police insisted that the mother, who came to identify the body after it was found in late April, accepted the conclusion that her girl took her own life.

 

The governor said he already assigned his legal team to look into the evidence concerning the website’s report.

 

“I’m the governor and a directly affected party from the report. We will file a police complaint and check whether the website is linked to the Samui Times newspaper that is on sale on the island,” he said.

 

Meanwhile police spokesman Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said that the Thai side is confident that Dallemagne died of asphyxiation from hanging.

 

Her body showed no sign of a struggle, the spokesman said, and the tourist had a record of attempting to kill herself.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30319883

 
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5 hours ago, ianc66 said:

So the Governor is attempting to make sure the small part of the worlds population who did not now the appellation will now know it?

It's called the Streisand Effect :smile:.

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5 hours ago, soalbundy said:

another PR failure.Talk about negative advertising.

Just let them ....

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7 hours ago, DiscoDan said:

They had it coming especially with some of the articles written by Ian Yarwood that were not aimed at getting to the truth but at ruining Koh tao's reputation, then you have the owner of Samui times who visited the B2 and took care of their mothers during the trial. So hardly impartial reporting.

 

I wonder how many people would believe what the Koh Tao times if the owner was Mons mum.

Who on earth is Ian Yarwood?
I have been reading the ST for years and have never seen any writer credits  ascribed to any of their articles.

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5 minutes ago, robsamui said:

Who on earth is Ian Yarwood?
I have been reading the ST for years and have never seen any writer credits  ascribed to any of their articles.

He is a property lawyer from Australia who Samui times refer to as a solicitor he has "allegedly" been vigorously promoting death island on Twitter.

 

http://www.samuitimes.com/australian-lawyer-gives-new-hope-to-burmese-men-convicted-of-the-koh-tao-murders/

 

It later to turned out he has sent the letter (which was written by a member of the defence team) without permission from the defence which resulted in a massive bust up between the farang defence and Ian Yarwood and Samui times 

 

 

http://www.yarwoodassociates.com.au/

 

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