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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 10:07 PM

Myanmar authorities charge Associated Press journalist

Source: AP

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) Authorities in Myanmar have charged Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw and five other members of the media with violating a public order law that could see them imprisoned for up to three years, a lawyer said Tuesday.

The six were arrested while covering protests against the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The group includes journalists for Myanmar Now, Myanmar Photo Agency, 7Day News, Zee Kwet online news and a freelancer.

Lawyer Tin Zar Oo, who represents Thein Zaw, said the six have been charged under a law that punishes anyone who causes fear among the public, knowingly spreads false news, or agitates directly or indirectly for a criminal offense against a government employee.

The law was amended by the junta last month to broaden its scope and increase the maximum prison term from two years.



This undated family handout photo provided on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 shows Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw in Myanmar. Authorities in Myanmar have Thein Zaw and five other members of the media with violating a public order law that could see them imprisoned for up to three years. The six were arrested while covering protests against the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The group includes journalists for Myanmar Now, Myanmar Photo Agency, 7Day News, Zee Kwet online news and a freelancer. (Family handout via AP)


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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 10:31 PM

1. Not a good place to be

Conflicts ranging from local uprisings to all out civil war have been going on since 1948.

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