Release of Reuters Journalists Welcomed, But Local Journalists Still Threatened, Harassed and Restricted

May 9, 2019  •  Author: Karen News

The two Myanmar based Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, charged under and jailed for breaking the country’s Official Secrets Act were released from prison after spending 500 days behind bars. The two journalists convicted in September 2018 and sentence... Read more ►

Burma’s Government Continues It Attacks on Journalists

October 11, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

Three journalists from the Yangon base Eleven Media Group were arrested today, and could be charged under Section 505(b) and face up to two years in jail. Reuters report that Section 505(b) is a colonial-era law used to stop “publishing information that could cause fear o... Read more ►

BURMA COURTS: Press Freedom Hammered – Reuters Journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Jailed for Seven Years

September 3, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

Press freedom in Myanmar took another battering today when the courts used the colonial-era Official Secrets Act to jail two Reuters journalists for seven years. The journalists, Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, have been locked up in the notorious Insein Prison since their... Read more ►

Burmese Government Continues Its Crackdown on Journalists…

July 31, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s clampdown on the country’s journalists continues with the arrest of Myanmar Now’s editor, Ko Swe Win by police at Rangoon Airport on Sunday. Ko Swe Win was taken into custody by police while waiting to board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand. It is reported by Fron... Read more ►

Media Watchdog Rails Against Section 66(d)

June 25, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The international media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists has demanded that authorities in Burma should “immediately drop all criminal proceedings against three journalists charged with defamation and should strike all criminal defamation laws from the books... Read more ►

Committee to Protect Journalists Condemns Attack On Burmese Media Owner

July 20, 2015  •  Author:

The Committee to Protect Journalists urged the Burma government and relevant authorities to “prosecute the perpetrators” of an attack on the owner of the Eleven Media Group. The Burmese media reported that slingshot-wielding assailants attacked Than Htut Aung, the owner ... Read more ►

Journalist Organisations Worldwide Condemn Murderous Attack on Paris Newspaper Staff

January 10, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Journalist organisations joined with world leaders in expressing condemnation and shock at an attack by masked gunmen on a newspaper in Paris on Wednesday morning. The Paris newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked by two masked gunmen, named as brothers Chérif Kouachi, 32 an... Read more ►

*The killing and the claims of a cover-up

November 6, 2014  •  Author: Phil Thornton

Aung Kyaw Naing’s death in military custody has triggered fears the government is sending a message that no journalist in the country is safe. The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that up to Sept 10 this year, 40 journalists had been killed while reporting. ... Read more ►

Journalist Arrests – Burma Sliding Back To “Dark Days”

May 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights advocacy group based in Britain has launched a campaign demanding the British Government intervene to secure the release of a jailed journalist in Burma. Burma Campaign UK has demanded that Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, “personally intervene... Read more ►

Ethnic groups test Burma’s new media freedoms

October 27, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

A group of ethnic journalists inside Burma is to launch a weekly journal called “The Union” in the last week of November which will mainly focus on cultural, literacy and issues that affect the daily lives of ethnic nationalities. Following the government’s claims that... Read more ►

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