BBC Journalist Detained by Authorities in Myanmar

Aung Thura, a journalist from the BBC’s Burmese-language service, has been missing after being allegedly abducted by a group of unidentified men on Friday as clashes continue to persist between the demonstrators and the security forces in the capital city of Myanmar.

According to BBC, the Thura was taken away by men who appeared to be plainclothes security agents outside a court in Naypyitaw.

“We are extremely concerned about our reporter, Aung Thura, who was taken away by unidentified men,” the British broadcasting firm said in a statement. “The BBC takes the safety of all its staff in Myanmar very seriously and we are doing everything we can to find Aung Thura.”

Thura was detained with Than Htike Aung, a journalist that previously worked for Mizzima News until the operating license of the Burmese news agency was revoked by the military government earlier this month.

They were covering the trial proceedings against National League for Democracy’s senior official Win Htein.

“We call on the authorities to help locate him and confirm that he is safe. Aung Thura is an accredited BBC journalist with many years of reporting experience covering events in Nay Pyi Taw,” BBC said.

Myanmar has been experiencing a post-coup crisis since the start of February after civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was removed from his post in the government and detained.

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