Charn Issara to sue social media users targeting Sri Panwa for defamation

Charn Issara Development (CI), a parent firm of Sri Panwa resort in Phuket, is reportedly preparing to sue social media users who were leaving negative reviews of the resort on online platforms. 

The hashtag #แบนศรีพันวา (#BanSriPanwa) was trending on Twitter on Monday as a pushback to Vorasit Issara or “Plawan” for calling for the arrest of protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul.

Vorasit is an owner of Sri Panwa resort in Phuket and the heir to the Charn Issara fortune. He made comments on Instagram while watching the pro-democracy protests this past weekend.

A number of social media users have left reviews of Sri Panwa resort on online booking platforms to reduce the satisfaction score.

Charn Issara responded back on Wednesday that it will monitor the situation closely while collecting online posts that include misrepresentation as evidence to use for further legal action.  

Following the call for the boycott, Vorasit said he was unconcerned as the people calling for the ban are not his target group.

Vorasit also said that he is not worried about the title deed of the Sri Panwa resort which has been questioned by Thai citizens.

As of 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, shares of Charn Issara stood at 0.70 baht per share, an increase of 0.03 baht or +4.48 per cent. Meanwhile, the Sri Panwa hospitality REIT (SRIPANWA) stood at 7.80 baht, declined 0.20 baht or -2.5 per cent.

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