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

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 sentenced to seven years in jail for what human rights group denounced as a set-up. Phil Robertson,…

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Burma’s Government Continues It Attacks on Journalists

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 or alarm to the public, cause someone to commit an offense or disrupt public tranquility.”…

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

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 arrest in December 2017. The two Reuters reporters were ‘framed’ by police with the…

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Burmese Government Continues Its Crackdown on Journalists…

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 Frontier Magazine that Swe Win’s arrest is linked to a “defamation complaint filed by…

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Media Watchdog Rails Against Section 66(d)

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” In a statement released on June 19 the CPJ’s, senior Southeast Asia representative, Shawn Crispin, said that “Authorities in Myanmar should throw out…

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Committee to Protect Journalists Condemns Attack On Burmese Media Owner

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 of the Eleven Media Group last Tuesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement condemning the attacks. The CPJ…

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Journalist Organisations Worldwide Condemn Murderous Attack on Paris Newspaper Staff

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 and Said Kouachi, 34, shouting, “God is great” in Arabic yesterday. At least 11 were killed in the…

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*The killing and the claims of a cover-up

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. The name of Myanmar journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, also known as Par Gyi, who was killed…

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Journalist Arrests – Burma Sliding Back To “Dark Days”

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” to secure the release of the Democratic Voice of Burma journalist, Zaw Pe, who was sentenced to one year imprisonment…

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Ethnic groups test Burma’s new media freedoms

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 it is serious about creating media freedom environment, ethnic based media outlets are starting to emerge…

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