Myanmar’s Eleven Media journalists freed on bail, RSF calls for charges to be dropped

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedJudicial harassmentRSF Prize Follow the news on Myanmar Receive email alerts Journalists Kyaw Zaw Lin (left), Nayi Min (centre) and Phyo Wai Win (right) leave the courtroom after been freed on bail. They still face the possibility of two years in prison (photo: Ye Aung Thu / AFP). MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedJudicial harassmentRSF Prize Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Yangon authorities to drop the spurious charges still pending against three Eleven Media journalists who were freed on bail this morning after being held for two weeks, and who should never have been jailed in the first place. May 12, 2021 Find out more The article angered Mayor Phyo Min Thein, the source of the complaint, who turns out to be a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the Myanmar government. The mayor’s staff announced three days ago that he would withdraw the case against the three journalists if they issued a public apology in the state media. The charges were prompted by an 8 October story about the Yangon regional government’s slapdash management of its budget, in particular, a loan that was contracted for the purchase of school buses that did not have the local assembly’s approval. May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img News to go further After noting the gravity of the violations of the freedom to inform since the start of the year, RSF issued an “incident report” three weeks ago about the threat to Myanmar’s position in the World Press Freedom Index, in which it is currently ranked 137th out of 180 countries. News “This affair is reminiscent of the worst crackdowns on journalists under the military junta,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call for the immediate withdrawal of the charges against the Eleven Media staff, who just acted in the public interest. The credibility of Myanmar’s democratic transition, which has already been badly dented by press freedom violations, is now at stake.” May 31, 2021 Find out more RSF_en US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture The three journalists – Eleven Media group managing editors Kyaw Zaw Linn and Phyo Wai Win and chief reporter Nayi Min – are still charged with “showing disrespect toward the Yangon regional government.” News October 26, 2018 Myanmar’s Eleven Media journalists freed on bail, RSF calls for charges to be dropped Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmarlast_img

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