Myanmar Authorities Arrest Two More Journalists

The Myanmar junta arrested two more local journalists on Friday.

The army-controlled newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Sunday that Sithu Aung Myint, a radio commentator on the Voice of America, and Htet Htet Khine, a freelancer working on a project for the BBC Media Action, were both arrested on Friday.

The charges filed against Sithu Aung Myint include sedition and spreading false information on social media posts while harboring Aung Myint and supporting a shadow National Unity Government that opposes the junta against Htet Khine.

The BBC Media Action expressed its concern about the arrest and charges pressed against Khine. 

“The safety and security of our people is our utmost priority and we are monitoring the situation closely and remain concerned for her safety,” the BBC Media Action stated. 

The head of the Asia desk for Reporters Without Borders, Daniel Bastard, said they strongly condemn the arrest because it reflects the brutal treatment of the junta against journalists.

Bastard added that the journalists had no communication with the outside world. 

Last month, Human Rights Watch reported that the junta had arrested a total of 98 journalists since Myanmar’s crackdown against journalists on February 1.

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