BBC Journalist Detained in Myanmar Released

BBC journalist Aung Thura, who was arrested by men in plain clothes in Myanmar on Friday, has now been released, the British broadcaster reported. 

The BBC has confirmed Aung Thura’s release but no further details were given. 

Men in plain clothes took Thura and another local journalist Than Htike Aung as they were reporting outside a court in Naypyidaw on March 19. 

The men rode an unmarked vehicle when they seized the journalists, the BBC said. 

Myanmar authorities have also revoked licenses of five media companies, the broadcaster reported.

This, amidst continued protests countered with violent dispersals by security forces. 

According to rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the military junta has killed 250 people in violent crackdowns and detained 2,665 since February 1. 

Meanwhile, the European Union has now imposed sanctions on 11 individuals, 10 of whom are high ranking officials of the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) including Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and Deputy-Commander-in-Chief Soe Win.

“The restrictive measures introduced today include a travel ban and an asset freeze. The travel ban impedes those listed from entering or transiting through EU territory, while the asset freeze covers the funds or economic resources in the EU of the listed persons,” the statement said.

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