Journalist arrested over body armour in Thailand (dpa German Press Agency)

Bangkok (dpa) – Thai authorities have arrested a Hong Kong-based
photojournalist for carrying body armour and helmet.

Anthony Kwan travelled to Bangkok to cover the shrine bombing that
killed 20 people including two Hong Kong residents last week.

He was stopped at Suvarnabhumi International Airport returning to
Hong Kong Sunday night, and charged with possession of an illegal
weapon.

Kwan was arraigned in court Monday on the charge, which carries a
penalty of up to five years in prison.

Thailand’s 1987 Arms Control Act prohibits the possession of military
equipment, including body armour, without a licence.

The arrest raised concern over the safety of journalists covering
dangerous situations.

Two foreign journalists were killed in Thailand while covering
violent political clashes in Bangkok during 2010.