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Two journalists who republished a paragraph from a story that was part of Reuters’ Pulitzer Prize-winning series on human trafficking of Rohingya refugees from Burma have been charged with defaming the Thai Navy.
If convicted, Alan Morison (pictured left), editor, and Chutima Sidasathian (right), reporter, of Phuket-based Phuketwan news website face seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine. The charges were brought by a Thai Navy captain on Thursday.

The Reuters story was part of a series that won journalists
Jason Szep and Andrew R C Marshall a Pulitzer this week.

Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch Asia director, said in a statement: “The trial of these two journalists is unjustified and constitutes a dark stain on Thailand’s record for respecting media freedom. The Thai Navy should have debated these journalists publicly if they had concerns with the story rather than insisting on their prosecution under the draconian Computer Crimes Act and criminal libel statutes. It’s now time for Thailand’s leaders to step in and order prosecutors to drop this case, and end this blatant violation of media freedoms once and for all.”

Asian Correspondent website said Morison, an Australian, expressed disappointment that Reuters had not been in contact with either him or Sidasathian, who is Thai, and had not taken a stronger stand on their case. “Chutima is surprised and shocked that nothing has been said in defence of media freedom and Phuketwan by the organisation she helped, with her usual generosity, to win the Pulitzer. I am deeply disappointed, and I expect many others will be, too,” he said.

It said a Reuters spokesperson asked for comment reiterated the organisation’s statement that, “We oppose the use of criminal laws to sanction the press – large or small, local or international – for publication on matters of public interest, like the Rohingya.”

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand congratulated Szep and Marshall for a series that exposed “the systematic abuse of Rohingyas in Myanmar [Burma] and in Thailand.” It added that “while a large media organization is being feted for its reporting, two poorly-funded local journalists are facing prosecution for their reporting of the same issue – and indeed for publishing material from a Thomson Reuters report.”

“These two journalists have done more than most to report accurately from Thailand the plight of Rohingyas,” the statement read. “They have also rendered invaluable assistance to journalists at Thomson Reuters and other local and foreign media organizations attempting to report this humanitarian crisis.”

Asian Correspondent said that a Reuters spokesperson, asked about Chutima’s contribution to the reporting effort on the winning stories, responded: “We retained Khun Chutima, a Phuketwan local journalist, in a very limited role to help us make appointments. She was not a member of the team of Reuters journalists who reported and investigated on these stories, nor did we report any information that should have been credited or otherwise attributed to Ms. Chutima.”

“Taking Phuketwan’s journalists to court is absurd,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “If the navy want to dispute the Reuters special report, which has just won a Pulitzer Prize, it can publicly give its version of events and demand the right of reply.” Ismaïl emphasised that Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act urgently needs reform, as it “is responsible for frequent violations of freedom of information by the authorities”.

He added that it is “essential that the international media operating in Thailand should give this trial extensive coverage despite government pressure to ignore it.”
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Thomson Reuters said on Wednesday it has been recognised as Best Data Provider to the Sell Side at the Sell-Side Technology Awards 2014. The awards are designed to highlight leading technologies and third party providers to the sell side and are voted on by a panel of judges made up of senior sell-side professionals and Waters magazine staff.
Thomson Reuters was recognised for its expansion of the breadth and depth of data available to customers, as well as the innovative enhancements it has made around search, data analysis and ease of use across its products – across asset classes and in specific areas of foreign exchange, commodities and equities.

The award in particular highlights the addition of new search capabilities into Eikon, its flagship desktop offering, alongside social media and news sentiment monitoring tools. It also reflects developments made over the last year to Elektron, Thomson Reuters suite of trading and data propositions. These include the expansion of the global Elektron hosting footprint in Asia Pacific and the addition of a tool providing increased insight into benchmark submissions and contributed data.

“We are honoured to have been recognised for our innovation and our drive to bring the most valuable data and analytics to our customers," said
Peter Moss, managing director, Financial, Thomson Reuters. “Thomson Reuters remains committed to providing our customers with actionable insight delivered in a fast, intuitive way.”

“The Sell-Side Technology Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward those companies that provide significant benefits to their end-users and the industry as a whole,” said Victor Anderson, editor-in-chief of
Waters magazine and Waters Technology. “Thomson Reuters has a long heritage in this area and continues to demonstrate its commitment to bringing the latest technology innovations to its customers, particularly when it comes to providing a broad range of industry-leading data, for which this award is so well deserved.”
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Two Reuters journalists have won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for distinguished international reporting. The $10,000 prize is shared by Jason Szep and Andrew R C Marshall “for their courageous reports on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar that, in efforts to flee the country, often falls victim to predatory human-trafficking networks”.
“We are immensely proud of Jason, Andrew and team for their outstanding work,” said editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. “I’m especially delighted that we won our first text Pulitzer for the kind of journalism that reflects many of Reuters core strengths: on the ground reporting, rigorous attention to fact and fairness, great knowledge of the region and the topic drawn from years of reporting experience in the field, brilliant visual components, and courage and tenacity.”

Reuters was also recognised as a finalist in two additional categories. A series by Megan Twohey which exposed the underground market for adopted children was named a finalist in the investigative reporting category and Goran Tomasevic was named a finalist in the breaking news photography category for a series of photographs documenting frontline combat in Syria.

“Winning a Pulitzer Prize for this important work is a testament to the dedication of our journalists around the world,” said James Smith, chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters. “This recognition reflects the total professionalism we strive to deliver in everything that we do across our organization. We are tremendously proud of Jason, Andrew, Megan and Goran and congratulate them on the bravery, brilliance and compassion of their work.”

Szep, an American, has been a Reuters correspondent, bureau chief and editor since 1990. His postings have been to Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok where he was Southeast Asia bureau chief overseeing text, pictures and television news operations across 10 countries. Last month he was appointed international affairs editor in Reuters’ Washington bureau.

Marshall, who is British, joined Reuters in January 2012 as special correspondent, Thailand and Indochina. Previously, he explored Asia’s remotest regions for TIME and other magazines and newspapers worldwide. He lives in Bangkok.

It is the first time Reuters has won a Pulitzer – the world’s most prestigious journalism prize – for text. Reuters’ first Pulitzer was won in 2008 by Pakistan-born photographer Adrees Latif for breaking news photography. It was awarded for a dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar. Latif was based in Bangkok at the time.
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Patrick Seale, pictured, a distinguished Reuter correspondent and historian, died in London on 11 April, aged 83.
Seale, who was the first specialist economic correspondent assigned abroad by Reuters, joined Reuters Economic Services from Oxford University in 1954 and was assigned to Paris, Michael Nelson writes.

His meeting with
Harold King, the terrifying chief representative in Paris, on his first day was notable. He so impressed King that he invited him to dinner that evening. Seale declined because of a previous engagement. King was furious. “So who are you having dinner with who is more important than Reuters chief representative for France”, stormed King. “The Rothschilds,” was the reply.

Seale was transferred to the European desk in London, but soon left (in 1959) to return to Oxford, where he pursued studies on the Middle East. They led to a succession of distinguished books, particularly on Syria, which culminated in Oxford bestowing a doctorate on him. Seale had spent most of the first 15 years of his life in Syria, where his father was a Christian missionary.

He joined the London Sunday newspaper, The Observer, and overlapped in Beirut with the notorious spy, Kim Philby, about whom he later wrote a book, Philby, The Long Road to Moscow.

Seale showed his versatility by setting up an art dealership and literary agency.

He married twice: Lamorna Heath in 1971, who died in 1978, mother of Orlando and Delilah, and Rana Kabbani, a Syrian, mother of Alexander and Yasmine.
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On a clear, cool and bright spring morning, when Washington’s cherry blossoms were at their peak, dozens of family and friends gathered to memorialise former Reuters colleague Jerry Norton on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, one of America’s most revered places, writes Greg McCune.
The 30-minute ceremony in Section 60 of the famous cemetery, which is located on what was once the estate of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was led by a military chaplain who spoke of Norton’s valour in serving his country, and read scripture passages.

“You cannot buy your way into this hallowed ground,” he said to the mourners, led by Norton’s wife Kim and son Michael. “You have to earn it.”

Surrounded by a sea of white tombstones, a seven-member rifle squad fired the traditional 21-gun salute, and a lone bugler intoned “Taps”. Then a Marine honour guard holding an American flag carefully folded it into a triangle and presented it to Kim.

Army Specialist Norton earned the right to be interred at Arlington because of his service in the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded during a mortar attack at Song Be. Kim said he dived out of a window during the rocket attack to save his life. He was hit with shrapnel in his shoulder, wrist and back, and a piece was lodged in his arm for the rest of his life.

Typical of self-effacing Norton, he never mentioned to some of his friends that he had been wounded in battle and won the Purple Heart, as well as other commendations. Kim said he kept the medals in a drawer and when she asked about them, he mumbled something and put them away.

Several family and friends remarked about this humility and reticence during a reception at the National Press Club that followed the solemn graveside ceremony. Friends and family remembered Norton as a father, brother, uncle, friend and journalist – including comments from former Reuters colleagues
Peter Bohan, Greg McCune and Brian Bain.

Norton died at age 67 in December after an inoperable brain tumour was discovered within months of his retirement from Reuters in 2011. Several people who spoke at the reception remarked how he had been taken from them too soon.

He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970 including a one year tour in Vietnam and was first assigned to an artillery unit, where he sustained the injuries. His great Army friend Terry Turner was not able to be at the memorial, but wrote that he believed both their lives were saved because they could type, which qualified them to be assigned to public information units. Norton became editor of the division magazine, a coveted post because it involved a 30-day trip to Tokyo to assemble and print the magazine.

Such was Norton’s devotion to fairness and balance in journalism that many of his colleagues at Reuters never knew of his avowedly libertarian political views, or that he had once run for the Virginia legislature as a Republican. He won the primary but lost the general election in a heavily Democratic district. He also worked for the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom both after leaving the Army and again after he retired from Reuters.

Journalism took him back to Asia where he would work for Unicom, the
South China Morning Post and then Reuters. In Asia, he also met and married Kim, who was born and raised in Vietnam.

He joined Reuters in 1986 as a filing editor at then regional headquarters in Hong Kong, and over a 25 year career was news editor in Japan, bureau chief in Singapore and Indonesia, deputy desk editor and deputy political and general news editor for Asia. He returned to Washington in 2010, where he worked for the startup Reuters America service aiming to compete with AP. He retired at the end of 2011.

Peter Bohan, the Singapore bureau chief before Norton, and his last supervisor before Norton retired, spoke of the important part he played in launching a new service in the United States in 2010 and how he quietly mentored journalists and stringers.

Brian Bain noted how Norton distinguished himself covering and directing the coverage of some of the biggest stories in Asia over the last 20 years including the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Bali bombing.

Bain read out comments from colleagues who had worked with Norton in Asia including
Kim Coghill, Tony Winning, Rodney Pinder and Eric Hall.

“The frequent and controlled, curved smile could have meant a few things, but the crow’s feet at the corner of the glistening eyes always told you that Jerry Norton was on your side, if you wanted him to be,” Bain read from a note written by Hall, a longtime colleague of Norton. “Perhaps Jerry would not mind if we said he was a great American, with all the values and disciplines that phrase imparts in the best sense,” Hall wrote.
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