Min Nyo, who works for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) in Myanmar’s Bago region, was arrested on March 3 and sentenced to three years in prison.
A Myanmar journalist reporting on government anti-military protests has been jailed for three years for incitement, according to his news organization, as authorities announced that a Japanese reporter had twice been arrested the release.
Min Nyo, who works for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) in Myanmar’s Bago region, was arrested on March 3 and found guilty by a military court of one of the first verdicts against media workers. since the military coup on February 1.
“DVB has asked the military authority to immediately release Min Nyo, as well as other detained or convicted journalists around Myanmar,” it said on Thursday.
He was beaten by police and refused to visit his family, it said.
Tom Andrews, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, also criticized the punishment, saying: “The world cannot continue to sit quietly while the junta suppression machine imprisons the truth and those who endanger everyone. to reveal it. “
In the nightly news bulletin, the state executive MRTV stated that another journalist, Yuki Kitazumi, who has been charged with the same law as Min Nyo, has violated the law but will be released in recognition of Myanmar’s close ties in Japan.
Kitazumi, who runs a media company in Yangon, was arrested on April 19 for the second time since the coup and was the first foreign journalist to be charged.
Japan has been a major investor and source of technical assistance and development assistance for Myanmar’s semi-civilian governments in the 10 years of democracy and reform that followed the last period of military rule in 2011.
Danger to life and liberty
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup, with the military struggling to establish order amid strong public outrage over the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.
Several reporters were among the nearly 4,900 people arrested, according to the Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) advocacy group.
DVB is one of several news outlets with licenses revoked by the military, restricting internet access and using lethal force to suppress strikes in the country and protests against it. At least 785 people were killed by security forces, according to AAPP figures.
Three DVB reporters were detained in northern Thailand this week for illegal entry after fleeing Myanmar. Human rights groups have pleaded with Thailand not to deport them.
Emerlynne Gil, deputy regional director of Amnesty International that journalism has effectively become a crime against Myanmar’s generals.
“They risked lives and liberties to spread military abuse. The military authorities are ruthless, determined to crush the misunderstanding by silencing those who seek to expose their crimes, ”Gil said in a statement.
Military resistance has intensified in recent weeks, with fighting between the military and several ethnic minority militias, deadly attacks on military-appointed administrators and ambushes by police and soldiers. of militias calling themselves the People’s Defense Forces.
MRTV announced on Thursday that martial law has been declared due to the unrest in Mindut in northwestern Chin State. Resistance groups there are said to have been fighting intense fighting between armed civilians and military government troops.
Meanwhile, protests continued across the country on Friday, with demonstrators on motorcycles taking to the streets of Mogaung in Kachin state and dozens of protesters marching in Mandalay despite the threat of a violent crackdown. in the military.
Candle strikes by students were also held on Thursday night in Mingaladon, north of Yangon, the country’s largest town and economic center.