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Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Sayomchai Vijitwittayapong

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1999
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1998 - Motive Confirmed: Sayomchai Vijitwittayapong, January 1999, available at: [accessed 17 January 2018]
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January 10, 1998, in Phichit, Thailand

Sayomchai, an investigative reporter for Bangkok's third-largest daily newspaper, Matichon, was found dead of a gunshot wound in his car in the city of Phichit in central Thailand. He was last seen leaving his Bangkok home on January 9 with a tape recorder and camera on his way to meet a village headman. Colleagues believe he was killed because of his reporting on corruption in the construction industry. He had received death threats and had reportedly refused a bribe to drop his investigation.

Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Corruption
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Taken Captive:No


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