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Noted: Horror stories confront journalists

Volume 14, Issue 2

September, 2008

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Robie, D. (2008). Horror stories confront journalists. Pacific Journalism Review, 14(2): 233-234. Review of Restless Souls: Rebels refugees, medics and misfits on the Thai-Burma border, by Phil Thornton. Bangkok: Asia Books, 2007, 220 pp. ISBN 974 8303 91 8.
Author(s): David Robie
reviewed book by: Phil Thornton
Publication date: 
October, 2008

Phil Thornton specialises in documenting the lives of opressed ordinary people. Eight years ago he was attached to the University of the South Pacific programme during the George Speight 'coup' doing human rights stories that few other journalists were touching. 

In Restless Souls, Thornton provides colourful, evocative and tragic insights into the Karen people's struggle for freedom and the right to exist. He is based in part in the border town of Mae Sot—a bizarre community featuring aid peddlers, drug dealers, mercenaries, prostitutes, gem smugglers and freelance journalists.