Prosecution witness Major Aung Kyaw San said police did not have a warrant to search the phones because the reporters were accused under the Official Secrets Act.
“We formed the body as a preemptive measure to identify those who are harming our citizens, government and sovereignty,” said U Win Khant.
The defense lawyer argued against admitting the documents, saying it was unclear who has had access to the phones and whether appropriate procedures were followed.
Defense lawyers argued that police had not demonstrated the documents had indeed been extracted from the reporters' phones.
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His testimony contradicted a previous witness who last week said police had "set up" the pair.
"Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits," Mahathir said in a live telecast on state TV.
An Information Ministry official said the government was granting special access to conflict zones to reporters who don't "fuel the flames."
"Brigadier General Tin Ko Ko instructed...Naing Lin to give Wa Lone documents related to our frontline activities in order to have him arrested," Capt. Moe Yan Naing told a court.
The resignations of as many as 13 editors and reporters leave no foreign journalists at the English-language paper, which has built a reputation for independent reporting.
If you ask me if I feel safe as a journalist under this government, I would say — not yet.
In the past, writers and publishers in Burma were targets of one of the world’s most draconian censorship systems.
In the past, Burmese writers had to become masters of journalistic kung fu, using subtle means to defend their work against the attacks of military censors.
In these beleaguered times for journalism, The Irrawaddy will continue battling for a free press.
On World Press Freedom Day, we publish this 2010 recollection by The Irrawaddy’s senior editor of his days printing a clandestine political journal, defying the then military government