Journalists from the Democratic Voice of Burma և Mitsima have been sentenced to two years in prison for military operations against the media.
Myanmar’s military government has convicted two journalists under a colonial-era law recently revised to criminalize the spread of “fake news” as a continuing pressure on a troubled country.
The Mike Southern Military Court in Burma on Wednesday sentenced Aung Kyawi, an independent reporter for Burma’s Democratic Voice (DVB), to two years in prison for reporting on Myanmar’s anti-coup protests. Under Min Aung Hlaing, generals took power on February 1, according to two publications.
Aung Kyaw, who begins his live broadcast of his arrest, is the third DVB journalist to be jailed for raising a wave of protests after the coup over calls for the reinstatement of Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government. Security forces responded with force, and the Association for the Support of Political Prisoners, which followed the arrests and deaths, said 841 people had been killed in the violence.
The incumbent forces also severely persecuted the independent media, revoking the licenses of a number of news organizations, including DVB և Mizzima. Prohibited satellite TV,
“A military junta is illegally detaining Aung Qiao,” the DVB said in a statement on Wednesday, calling for his release.
“This is a clear violation of both national and international law by the Burmese junta.”
Mizzima said Zaw Zaw was one of five employees arrested since the coup and called for his release.
“Mizzima is firmly convinced that journalism իրավ the right to freedom of expression is not a crime, that Mizzima բոլոր all independent Myanmar media outlets should be allowed to operate freely in Myanmar,” the statement said on its website.
– Mizzima News (@MizzimaNews) June 2, 2021
According to the ASEAN Reporting Monitoring Group, 87 journalists have been arrested since the coup, 51 of whom are still in custody.
A number of foreign journalists were also arrested, including two US citizens.
The Editor-in-Chief of Myanmar Frontier Independent was Danny Fenster He was arrested on May 24 while returning home,
Frontier said on Monday it had not received any information on his whereabouts or condition.
Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said Wednesday that the United States has been pressuring the military to release Fenster, who was arrested in March, and Kamayut Media editor Nathan Maung, who has raised the issue with other countries in the region.
“The arrest of Daniel և Nathan, as well as the use of violence against other journalists by the Burmese military, is an unacceptable attack on freedom of expression in Burma,” Sherman told the media in Bangkok.