Chutima Sidasathian is a Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies and a Thai journalist who shared regional awards for investigative reporting and human rights for her part in exposing the pushbacks of boatloads of would-be refugees by the Thai military in 2009. For many, it was the first time the plight of the Rohingya had been revealed. Several years later, while continuing to report on the exodus of the stateless Muslim minority from Myanmar, she and a colleague at the small online news outlet, Phuketwan, were sued for criminal defamation and computer crimes by the Royal Thai Navy. In September 2015, a judge dismissed all charges. The case became a landmark for media freedom in Thailand.
2013 Excellence in Photo Anthropologies of South East Asia, Munster University, Germany
2010 The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting
2010 The SOPA Award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting
South China Morning Post team, Hong Kong (shared):
– 2009 Scoop of the Year at the Hong Kong News Awards
– 2009 The General News prize at the Human Rights Press Awards in Hong Kong.