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Burma arrests 3 senior journalists over article on Suu Kyi’s protege

31 5 26

BURMESE (Myanmar) police have arrested three senior journalists from the country’s largest private newspaper on Wednesday in another incident that has sparked outrage among rights activists critical of the government’s treatment of the media.

The three journalists were remanded in custody after handing in themselves to police over an article which criticised the financial management of Yangon’s government, which is which is overseen by a protege of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to the AFP.

Rights groups criticized the detention of the three from Eleven Media, which comes as the latest in a long series of cases brought against the media under vague and outdated laws.

Executive editors Kyaw Zaw Lin and Nayi Min and chief reporter Phyo Wai Win were hauled in before a Yangon court in handcuffs on Wednesday morning to hear the charges against them before being carted off to jail.

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Defense lawyer Kyee Myint told AFP the case was filed over an article published Monday about the funding behind the city’s bus network, a scheme run by Yangon chief minister and Suu........

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