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Burma: 3 More Journalists Arrested After Criticizing Government

HeadlineOct 11, 2018

In Burma, authorities have arrested three journalists after they wrote a piece criticizing the government. The journalists from Eleven Media Group, who wrote about the funding of a city bus system, could face up to two years in prison if found guilty of “fear or alarm to the public.” In 2016, editors from the same paper went to jail over a piece accusing a government official of bribery.

The arrests come just a month after a Burmese court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating Burma’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act, causing international condemnation. At the time of their arrest, the Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone were investigating a massacre committed by the Burmese military targeting Rohingya Muslims.

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