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Police ask reporters to hang out at Media Centre to avoid blocking rescue workers at cave


Chiang Rai Tourist Police have stepped in to restrict movements of Thai and foreign news reporters covering the ongoing rescue of 13 local footballers trapped inside a flooded cave in Mae Sai district.

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The police are seeing cooperation from journalists after complaints from rescue officials that cameras and media staff were blocking traffic and deterring ongoing rescue work.
Many local and international journalists are reporting from in front of the Tham Luang cave as the world awaits the latest report of the effort to extract the football team.
The Chiang Rai Tourist Police have dispatched officers in hopes of creating a more orderly scene. The officers are in discussions with members of the media at the on-site Press Centre in an effort to come to a mutual understanding, said the police.
Inspector Pol Lt-Colonel Chantharit Laopairojjaree said the force understands the need to report rescue-mission updates, but that the large number of journalists has posed a difficulty for the ongoing mission by blocking traffic flows.
After finishing a news-report shoot, journalists are requested to give way to the rescue mission by returning to the Press Centre and remaining there, he said.

Published : July 06, 2018

By : Supira Sangharanont The Nation