Myanmar Sentences Journalists to Prison for Reporting Accurately

Washington

In response to the sentencing of five journalists of Myanmar’s weekly journal "Unity" to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor for writing and publishing stories revealing a weapons factory in upper Myanmar, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Myanmar's sentencing five journalists to 10 years imprisonment for doing their job is a huge blow for press freedom in Myanmar and reverses signs of positive change," said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House.  "Convicting journalists under the 1923 Burma State Secrets Act for reporting news to Myanmar’s public violates the spirit of the Myanmar’s 2014 Press Law and damages hope for a real democratic opening."

Myanmar is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014Freedom of the Press 2014, and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more visit:
Freedom in the World 2014: Burma
Freedom of the Press 2013: Burma
Freedom on the Net 2013: Burma

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