Thursday, March 8, 2012

Slain Photographer Hiroyuki Muramoto's Family Gets A Letter, But No Visit From Thai PM

Ceremony for Muramoto
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The family of photographer Hiroyuki Muramoto, shot dead in 2010 in Bangkok by government forces while covering civil unrest in the capital, will receive a letter from Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Shinawatra is on an official trip to Japan, but will not meet with Muramoto's family "...due to tight schedules..."
Apparently, the Thai government is planning to compensate families of foreigners killed in the uprising.
(Click Here) for the story at the Japan Times webpage.
Covering armed conflict is risky business. Everyone involved, including Muramoto, knows that. That doesn't make his murder okay.
Coverage is also critical, to show what is really going on in the world. The advent of the camera phone is making it ever harder for the truth to remain under cover.
It's a shame that Shinawatra cannot find time to address the family.