Myanmar’s military accuse two Rakhine State reporters of criminal libel

first_imgNews January 26, 2021 – Updated on January 28, 2021 Myanmar’s military accuse two Rakhine State reporters of criminal libel News Journalists of Development Media Group, whose headquarters are based in Rakhine States’s capital Sittwe (right), are the target of a lawsuit brought by the military (photos: Thet Aung / AFP – DMG). to go further RSF_en May 26, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources InternetJudicial harassment “It is unacceptable for the Tatmadaw to bring a complaint before a criminal court when its representatives had every opportunity to give their version of events before the story’s publication,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This misuse of the defamation law is almost certainly designed solely to intimidate DMG’s journalists and all other reporters working in Rakhine State. Such harassment must stop.” Constant harassment Myanmar is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources InternetJudicial harassment Organisation News Ne Win San, an editor with the Development Media Group (DMG), a regional news agency based in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, and DMG reporter Ma Hnin Nwe are facing possible two-year prison sentences as a result of the lawsuit brought by the military under article 66(d) of Myanmar’s telecommunications law, which criminalizes defamation. A criminal defamation suit was brought last month against Aung Kyaw Min, a DMG reporter based in Maungdaw, a city in the far-north of the state near the Bangladeshi border, over an anodyne story about the state of a bridge. Like 220 other websites, the DMG site has been blocked since March 2020 for supposedly disseminating “fake news.” It is one of the sites that RSF has unblocked under its Collateral Freedom programme. The armed forces assume the right to dictate to any journalists trying to work in Rakhine State – a region from which nearly a million Rohingyas have fled in recent years and where the rebel Arakan Army is fighting for autonomy – and they have repeatedly harassed the DMG. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture DMG editor-in-chief Aung Marm Oo went into hiding shortly after the interior ministry issued a warrant for his arrest in May 2019 under the law on illegal association. He has remained in hiding ever since for fear of arrest. Follow the news on Myanmar Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information The military are suing over a story published on 10 January about the disappearance of rice supplies from a remote village outside Kyauktaw, a town in the north of the state, in which reporter Ma Hnin Nwe quoted villagers as saying around six soldiers stole the rice. He asked local Tatmadaw officers to comment on these claims at the time, but they refused. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the criminal libel suit that Myanmar’s armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, have brought against two journalists over a story about the disappearance of rice from a village in a remote part of western Rakhine State, although the military had every chance to give their version before the story was published. News May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

IMA to host annual symposium

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