BANGKOK, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Two Thai media organizations Wednesday asked the police and anti-government protesters to ensure safety of the media during the planned operation to shut down Bangkok on Jan. 13.
Representatives of the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association and the Thai Journalists Association made the request while meeting separately with Police Chief Adul Saengsingkaew and Secretary-General of the People's Democratic Reform Committee ( PDRC) Suthep Thaugsuban.
In a joint statement, the two associations asked the PDRC to provide a safety zone for reporters at every rally site and ensure the rally can be broadcast live by TV stations.
The statement also demanded for no blockage of newspaper delivery vehicles and mobile broadcasting units.
Speakers who take the rally stages during the shutdown operation are urged not to attack the media so as not to cause any misunderstanding between protesters and reporters.
The statement also required protesters not to prevent reporters from exiting any government offices blocked by them.
While meeting with Adul, representatives of the two associations also asked the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order to help ensure reporters safely enter and exit areas that may be blocked by protesters.