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Samui Times Faces Libel Charge For Labeling Koh Tao 'Death Island'

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4 minutes ago, DiscoDan said:

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/

 

So Ian Yarwood has never 'libeled' Koh Tao by referring to it as 'Death Island', then?

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There are two ways to liberate Ko Toas dark reputation 

 

1) staff the island with a reliable police force free from influence and corruption and make it known that crimes against foreigners will not be tolerated admit things have been done wrong in the past but times have changed and proactively go out and engage with the community and tourists and meticulously investigate any more deaths 

 

2) Agreesively suppress the media and cover up / explain away any further deaths and essentially keep projecting the image there's nothing to see here. And sue anyone who questions the island and how it's policed 

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I'm not sure where I saw this picture before, but I've got a feeling that it's gonna be Samui Times homepage soon

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Is it actually legally possible to "libel" an Island ?

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Also I think the term death island is fairly neutral in that it doesn't imply causation - just the fact there have been a. Disproportionate amount of deaths for such a small island - they didn't call it murder Island for example which may have been a bit more incendiary 

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33 minutes ago, tukkytuktuk said:

Is that Woraphan Tuwichian holding the sign?

 

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Dunno, but what's with the basket of flowers?  Oh dear, all those stern faces and tight uniforms.  They never miss a photo opportunity, do they? :smile:

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1 hour ago, khunPer said:

The first instance of "Death Island" in connection to Koh Tao..?

So many news-stories, and so many recently called Koh Tao for "death island", that it's difficult to recall, who was the inventor of that expression.

 

My friend Google is not extremely friendly with "death island" searches, especially when searching for first instance. However, I'm lazy enough to only look through the first 50 results. But anyway, using the date-tool – i.e. searching for specified periods – and disregarding "fake posts" where "death island" appear, because a news-site may have a up-to-date advertising blocks at bottom with the recent news, I'm for example talking about the articles this thread is based on.

 

So I began with "tao death island", and year 2015:

No results

(which mean, that not within the first 50 search results)

 

"tao death island", year 2016:

Bingo, almost, I got "Island of death"...

British man found dead on Koh Tao - Page 21 - Koh Samui News ...
https://www.thaivisa.com/.../885062-british-man-found-dead-on-k...
8. jan. 2016 - Because they do not go in numbers to Koh Tao, Yes sir it is the island factor apparently now called the "Island of death" Avoid Koh Tao for long life. 2 people like ...

 

When coming to the first few days into 2017 the situation improved for "tao death island":

A Bar Guide Plus Best Restaurants In Koh Tao - Travel Tom Tom
www.traveltomtom.net/.../asia/.../185-best-place-to-go-out-in-koh-...
1. jan. 2017 - Only a couple days on the island and dont know where to go in Koh Tao? ... read here about my experiences in my blog: How to survive the Thai Death Island.

 

But that was not Samui Times...

 

Then I narrowed the search to "samui times death island"
1/1/2017 to 1/31/2017

 

Mystery As Another Woman Disappears On 'Death Island' - Unilad
www.unilad.co.uk/.../mystery-as-another-woman-disappears-on-de...
6. jan. 2017 - Mystery As Another Woman Disappears On Death Island 1449 Valentina 1 ... it's been dubbed by The Samuia Times as 'Death Island' due to the number of ... in the gulf of Thailand near the famed party islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

 

The Google-date, 6th January, don't seem to fit, as the article talks about the case with the Russian girl in February. The Samui Times article the story is based on is this one, "Hunt for Russian girl missing on Koh Tao sparks intense social media speculation" from probably early March 2017 (no published date in the article), wherein it's said: 

»...Elsewhere on social media many are posting derogatory comments about Koh Tao, that has been dubbed “Death Island”. This developing story has once more brought to light the plight of the two Burmese men who were convicted of the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller...«

 

My little, not scientific correct, search found that – 

first instance of Koh Tao as Death Island, or rather Island of Death is Thaivisa, January 6th 2016.

Second instance is a year later on 1st January 2017 in a travel blog, naming Koh Tao as Thai Death Island.

Third instance is Samui Times at presumable early March 2017 referring that posters has dubbed Koh Tao as Death Island

 

Perhaps some other poster can recall, when "death island" appeared first time in connection with Koh Tao..?

First referance I have found is Jan 2016

http://zway2go.com/death-in-koh-tao/

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their lawyers would have a bunch of fine customers here at TV for further libel claims, one could assume....:post-4641-1156694083::sorry:

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