Wounded Canadian cameraman out of danger: Thai hospital

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A Canadian cameraman who was shot and seriously wounded during unrest in the Thai capital was out of danger Saturday, said an employee of the hospital where was being treated.

Nelson Rand was conscious and breathing unaided, said the worker at Chulalongkorn Hospital, who did not identify herself because she was not authorised to speak to the media.

On Friday Rand's news channel reported that he was "gravely wounded" and on life support after being struck by three military-style bullets in the leg, torso and wrist.

Rand was covering fighting between troops and anti-government protesters for the France 24 channel when he was hit.

Two Thai photojournalists were also wounded, their employers said.

A Japanese cameraman was among 25 people killed on April 10 when clashes broke out during an attempt by troops to clear protesters from an area of the capital.

On Thursday night, a renegade general allied to the demonstrators was shot in the head and seriously injured while giving an interview to a foreign newspaper reporter, further highlighting the dangers faced by journalists covering the unrest.

New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in a statement received Saturday, said it was "gravely concerned" about the deteriorating situation for reporters as government forces and protesters clash.

"CPJ calls on both sides of the conflict to take measures to protect journalists and refrain from armed exchanges where reporters could be caught in the crossfire," the group said in a statement.

Another media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), called on the army and protesters "to guarantee the safety of the journalists" in the capital.

"The confusion reigning in various parts of Bangkok does not suffice to explain the shooting injuries sustained by several Thai and foreign journalists since April," it said in a statement.

© 2010 AFP

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