Three DVB reporters and two associates held in Thailand for illegal entry would face certain persecution if returned to Myanmar, CPJ and FCCT say.
The junta has wreaked economic, political and social chaos, but it can point to one achievement: the people are wholly united in their refusal to be governed by it.
Since the Feb. 1 coup, the country’s media environment has reverted to the situation under the military regime that ruled until 2011, with only state propaganda allowed.
Former cameraman for Democratic Voice of Burma and editor of weekly journal arrested over the weekend.
Ethnic Media Kanbawza Tai News is the latest victim as the junta continues its crackdown against the media in Myanmar.
Soldiers and police employ the same brutal tactics they’ve used on the country’s ethnic population, looting, destroying, intimidating, beating and killing.
Now forced to work undercover, Myanmar’s news media continue to expose the regime’s crimes for the world to see, while inspiring those at home to resist the dictatorship.
Eleven members of the Myanmar Press Council and more than a dozen staff members at The Myanmar Times took the action in response to ‘directives’ from the regime.
Five journalists, two others arrested at a protest in the Kachin capital Sunday were freed after being made to sign a promise to observe a curfew, limits on gatherings.
It is feared that the Ministry of Information directive is the beginning of a wider crackdown on press freedoms.
Apparently looking to ease fears of a coup, the Tatmadaw chief said the media misinterpreted his comments on the charter and insisted the military will follow the law.
This week, overseas voting kicked off, final voter lists went on display and the controversial head of the ‘Rose Party’ was arrested on a fugitive warrant.
Google has announced a new service that will enable news organizations to curate and package their coverage within the Google News app.
Australian Financial Review journalist Michael Smith, who fled China after being questioned in a ‘security’ case, said he feared he would be ‘disappeared’ by authorities.
The government has vowed to investigate the Forward Media Group site after it published fake comments by an NLD spokesman about a senior government official.