• Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Myanmar government and Army Aim to Silence Independent Journalists: UN

This combo shows journalists Kyaw Soe Oo (L) and Wa Lone (R). (Photo Credit: YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

A host of ill-defined laws has been used in Myanmar to exert control over independent journalism across the country, including in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, a UN human rights report on freedom of expression in the country has found. The report states that it has become “impossible for journalists to do their job without fear or favour.” While the conviction last week of two Reuters journalists, Kyaw Soe Oo and Thet Oo Maung, was a particularly outrageous and high-profile example of judicial harassment against the media in Myanmar, the report details a number of other examples of detentions and…

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