The two controversial CNN reporters left Thailand for Hong Kong yesterday after their visas were revoked after their report about the kindergarten shooting raised questions about their ethics and professionalism.
The pl. Immigration Bureau chief Major General Archayon Kraithong said Anna Coren and Daniel Hodge departed Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1:55 PM on Thai Airways International flight TG638 bound for Hong Kong. They left for the airport from Suan Phlu immigration office, he said.
The agency revoked their visas the day before yesterday after publishing a report of the crime scene at the children’s centre where 23 children were murdered.
The two had entered the country on Thursday on tourist visas, which prevented them from working in the country.
Thai Police Chief General Damrongsak Kittiprapas said Mrs. Coren and Mr. Hodge were fined 5,000 baht each for violating tourist visa regulations.
They would not face criminal charges because the reporters had no intention of damaging any evidence at the crime scene and were not placed on the immigration blacklist, he added. General Damrongsak stated that they apologized for their action.
The spokesman for the regional police station was laughing.
Lieutenant General Yanyong Vejosot, chief of Region 4 provincial police, has fired his deputy, Major General Paisal Luesomboon, as spokesman for the regional police station.
He was replaced by another spokesman, General Putthipong Musikul. The exact reason for the charge was not given. but was presumed for his inappropriate behaviour. General Paisal was heard laughing during a telephone interview with a broadcaster when asked about the number of victims.
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