Myanmar Security Forces Raid Media Offices, Arrest Journalists

Burmese security forces have raided the offices of various media outlets in Myanmar after their licenses were revoked.

Last Monday Myanmar Now’s office in downtown Yangon was raided and searched by police.

The police seized computers, documents, and data server components but made no arrests because the office was not used since the coup.

Myanmar Now’s reporter Kay Zon Nway has already been arrested last month and could face 3 years in prison.

Kamayut Media was raided next and while its cofounder Han Thar Nyein and editor-in-chief Nathan Maung were arrested.

Witnesses said that security personnel onboard seven military trucks conducted the raid on the offices.

Mizzima was the latest to be raided in Yangon but no staff was reported to have been arrested.

Mizzima founder and chair, Soe Myint said they would continue to work as long as possible.

Myanmar’s junta said that Mizzima, DVB, Khit Thit Media, Myanmar Now, and 7Day News are effectively banned from broadcasting or providing any information on any media platform.

There are no reports yet if 7Day News, DVB, or Kit Thit Media have been raided as well.

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