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Editor quits over story 'Reuters refused to run'

Andrew Marshall, a senior editor in Singapore, has resigned over a story that he said Reuters refused to run.

Marshall, who was formally disciplined in April over what Reuters termed an “insensitive and inappropriate” remark in a company Internet chat room, posted the following on Facebook and Twitter on Thursday: “I just officially resigned from Reuters, so that I can publish a very important story on Thailand they refused to run. Watch this space.”

Marshall joined Reuters in 1994 as a graduate trainee and has reported from more than 25 countries, including conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, the Palestinian Territories and East Timor. He was previously based in Jakarta, Bangkok, Baghdad and Dubai. In Singapore he was responsible for coverage of emerging and frontier Asia – Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South East Asia and Mongolia.

The incident that prompted his reprimand also resulted in the summary dismissal of Jakarta bureau chief David Fox for making a crude comment in response to Marshall’s remark. Fox was on temporary assignment to Tokyo at the time. ■