Myanmar Junta Sentences Reporter to 3-Year Prison Term

The Myanmar junta has sentenced Min Nyo , a reporter for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB),  to three years in prison on Wednesday, amidst its crackdown against independent journalism. 

The 51-year-old journalist was sentenced to a three-year jail term on charges that he violated Section 505(a) of the Penal Code, which prohibits the publication of any “statement, rumour or report, with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, any officer, soldier, sailor or airman, in the Army, Navy or Air Force to mutiny or otherwise disregard or fail in his duty as such.”

He was arrested and beaten in Bago Region on March 3 while covering an anti-coup protest in Pyay township, according to a DVB statement.

This after Thai authorities arrested three DVB journalists who escaped from Myanmar over the weekend. 

Myanmar authorities revoked DVB’s broadcasting license in March, as other media outlets have shut down. 

“Min Nyo’s conviction must be quashed, and he should be released immediately – along with all other journalists, activists and human rights defenders imprisoned and detained solely for their peaceful opposition to the military coup,” said Emerlynne Gil, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southeast & East Asia.

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