News photographer harassed by police near Grand Palace

Description

On 29 March 2023, a monarchy reform activist spraypainted slogans denouncing the royal defamation law on the wall of the Grand Palace before he was promptly arrested by police officers patrolling the area. A news photographer who happened to be in the vicinity and took photos of the arrest said police also tried to detain him on suspicions of aiding the activist. A video taken by the photographer shows uniformed and plainclothes police officers following him as he tried to leave the area. Police eventually gave up the pursuit after the photographer maintained he was not involved in the activist's graffiti stunt.

Information
Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
1
Do they work as freelance or media?
Yes
Position in media
Status of journalists
Gender
Male
Age
Country
Bangkok
Full name or name of group
Identified
The name of perpetrator (individual/group)
Royal Thai Police
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
No
Date of incident
Year of incident
2023
Type of incident
Physical Intimidation
Please type the data source here (text)
Testimony given in private to the PFMSea coordinator.