The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Phuket Governor calls for ‘responsible reporting’ after social media bomb warning

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodtong has called for the public to “post responsibly” on social media after a warning of a bomb threat in Phuket gained traction online last week.

tourism, violence, military, police, patong,


The Phuket News

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 03:02PM


'Post responsibly' was the message from Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong (centre). Photo: PR Dept
'Post responsibly' was the message from Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong (centre). Photo: PR Dept

The call for responsible reporting came at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (May 22) attended by Army Region 4 Deputy Commander Maj Gen Pornsak Poonsawat.

“I want people to love each other and to work together to develop long-term tourism, especially regarding information about Phuket that is very sensitive,” Gov Norraphat said.

“People and the media have to make sure with us that the news (is genuine) before (sharing it) to prevent any (negative) effect on Phuket tourism,” he added.

The call by Governor Norraphat followed Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen holding a press conference on Sunday in the wake of the social media reports, which stemmed from the news of Indian fugitives at large in Phuket on Saturday night (May 20). (See story here.)

“I have heard about a message that went viral on social media claiming that a police officer told a mother not to walk in markets in Phuket because there were people from three (specific) provinces in Phuket,” he said.

In terms of creating public fear, the “three provinces” would refer to the provinces Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, where combined areas of long-standing violence have become known as the “Deep South”.

“I want to say to media that we do not know where this information came from. I want people think first before forwarding any news because it can make people scared,” Gen Teeraphol said.

“I have read this message and I think it is unreliable. Thailand is a free country. Some people from the three provinces are in Phuket to look for jobs because they cannot find jobs in their provinces. They are not terrorists,” Gen Teeraphol noted.

British International School, Phuket

“To be careful and to keep our eyes open to situations is good, but do not create a public panic. People in Phuket are very concerned about this issue

“People should be careful when receiving any news like this. When you want to post a message, it must be checked first. Do not just spread it around – it is not good for anybody.”

Gen Teeraphol pointed out that his officers were taking the security situation in Phuket seriously and had increased their efforts in past weeks.

“Phuket is a tourism province and has high security. Officers are strict in performing their duties. We have officers from Army Region 4 in Phuket to support security at Phuket International Airport and at the Phuket Check Point in Tha Chatchai.

“At Phuket International Airport we check all staff at the facility. Sometimes we do not tell media about what we are doing, but we are working all the time,” Gen Teeraphol said.

“I want to make people in Phuket feel safe and not to be worried. I do not want them to ask whether Phuket is safe or if there were any terrorists in Phuket. I want people to be sure that we are taking strict measures against terrorism,” he added.

Additional reporting by Chutharat Plerin

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


CIB tackles illegal drone flight threat

Article made me thinking: Why is the Army not patrolling in the Deep South with drones instead with unprotected pick up trucks, ripped apart like sar...(Read More)


Phuket’s Eva Beach appeal earns demolition reprieve, says Rawai Mayor

Editor, can you please explain what this has to do with this story "Looks to me like helicopter parenting here.BTW,studies show that children of ...(Read More)


CIB tackles illegal drone flight threat

Whilst flying a drone over military or airports is important, I wish they'd sort out far more important issues....(Read More)


Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers

It's the climate change. Mother Nature is showing us with more harsh weather ( stronger storms, typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes) and signals f...(Read More)


Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers

I been there in the early 90.is and seen them,the coral were still pretty much ok from my point of view.It seems nobody really cares and everybody jus...(Read More)


Phuket’s Eva Beach appeal earns demolition reprieve, says Rawai Mayor

Funny how quick someone jumps up like a rabbit out of a magicians hat,if our chief commentator is questioned! Looks to me like helicopter parenting he...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: The rising tide of progress

Great PN piece of Opinion. Yes, Anyone living many years on Phuket island is not surprised by the floodings, etc. See Patong police station, 2 hours...(Read More)


Phuket taxi drivers charged for assaulting security guard over access to hotel guests

Wow "Might" revoke their licence's, tough talk, well done, the taxi tuk tuk mafia will be shaking in their shoes!...(Read More)


11 held in crackdown on foreign crime

As mentioned in a previous story, the ever good old Nigerians and their scams, most from that continent aren't good people, sad but true....(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: The rising tide of progress

The monkeys can be moved because no one is being paid to look the other way....(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.