Two Mandalay Journalists Seized by Myanmar Junta Forces

By The Irrawaddy 30 April 2021

Two journalists from the Mandalay-based news agency, the Voice of Myanmar, were detained by the military regime on April 27, bringing the numbers of detained journalists to 43.

Editor in chief Ko Nay Myo Linn and reporter Ko Shine Aung were seized by junta forces and taken to the army camp at Mandalay’s palace, according to a relative.

Relatives have not been able to contact the detainees.

Ko Nay Myo Linn’s wife Ma Zarni Mann said: “I have learned they are in good health. They are still under interrogation.”

“But I am worried for them as we know little about their condition,” she said.

The security forces also raided the house of Bawi Uk Thang, chief editor of the Chinland Post in Hakha, Chin State, on April 29.

They could not find the chief editor at the house and instead detained his brother-in-law, Salai Robert.

On Monday, junta forces also detained a former cameraman from the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) at his house in Pazundaung Township, Yangon.

Writer and media trainer Ma Tu Tu Tha and her family were detained by the regime at her home in Thanlyin Township, Yangon, last Saturday night.

Since the Feb. 1 coup, the junta detained 73 journalists, of which an estimated 43 remain in detention or have been charged.

The regime also revoked the publishing licenses of 7Day News, Myanmar Now, Mizzima, DVB and Khit Thit Media.

Only 7Day News has abided by the military orders and ceased publishing.

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