BBC denies claim that correspondent defamed Thai king

The BBC has said complaints against one of its reporters charging that he defamed Thailand’s king are “completely unfounded”.

The statement issued by BBC Asia bureau editor Paul Danahar comes in response to allegations filed with Thai police claiming that correspondent Jonathan Head has committed the crime of insulting the monarchy.

The complaints, one filed in April and the second last week, have been lodged by a Thai police lieutenant colonel claiming to be acting in a personal capacity.

“The allegations made against Jonathan Head are completely unfounded,” said Danahar, adding that it was upsetting that the reporter’s work had been misrepresented, and that the charges have caused distress to him and his family.

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