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Koh Tao Mayor Blasts UK Media’s ‘Negative Reporting’

The mayor of Koh Tao island, where a 23-year-old British tourist was found dead last week, has accused British media of damaging the island’s reputation with spurious and negative news coverage.

Mayor Chaiyan Turasakul said he is angered by unspecified “British media agencies” who have suggested that the death of the tourist, Christina Annesley, is connected to an alleged “mafia” syndicate on Koh Tao island.

“It may mislead foreign tourists who have never been to Koh Tao to think that Koh Tao is full of mafia who like to kill or exploit foreign tourists,” Chaiyan said. “This is really what some foreign tourists think. I’ve seen them talking on social media.”

Last September two other British tourists, 24-year-old David Miller and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, were found dead on Koh Tao. As police struggled to pin down a culprit, a number of media agenices began reporting about suspicions that “powerful families” on the island were engineering a cover-up.

Two Burmese migrant workers were later arrested on charges of murdering Miller and raping and murdering Witheridge. The two 21-year-olds are currently awaiting trial in prison.

Police have yet to determine the cause of death for Annesley, who was discovered dead in her bungalow on 21 January. Police did not publicly confirm her death to the press until 23 January, and were quick to stress that Annesley “was not murdered.”

Full story here – Khaosod English

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