Vaguely worded, century-old law criminalizes news gathering and leaves journalists open to official abuse, say media, legal and rights activists.
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the verdict given in the case of the Reuters reporters Ko Wa Lone and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo and their sentencing to seven years’ imprisonment.
State Counselor told NHK two months before guilty verdict that reporters ‘broke Official Secrets Act’
Human Rights Commission urges government to consider national interest, ensure journalists’ rights are upheld
Judge cites travel itinerary for Pope Francis downloaded from a German website, AA officer’s phone number among ‘state secrets’ in journalists’ possession
Myanmar’s journalists do not have the protection of the law or the government, but in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s own words, they have the protection of the truth
The verdict in the Reuters reporters’ case has been delayed, but truth and justice cannot be postponed.
The Irrawaddy looks back at how journalists defied their military rulers 30 years ago with a month of unprecedented reporting.
Ko Wa Lone and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo plead not guilty; international press freedom groups call for charges to be dropped.
Court to rule next week on whether to charge journalists accused of violating Official Secrets Act
Editor says officers briefly detained journalists working on story of disabled child soldier.
Six months of pretrial hearings wrap up; defense lawyers cite inconsistencies between testimony from witnesses, accused in Official Secrets case.
A police investigator failed to show at court to testify as a prosecution witness against two reporters who were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret govt papers.
A defense lawyer said some key files, including communications records from the reporters' phones before their arrests, were withheld from evidence submitted to the court.
Cambodia will monitor and control online news content intended to cause "instability,” an official notice said.