Skip to comments.Myanmar government under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists
Posted on 02/15/2018 8:39:45 PM PST by Olog-hai
When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decadelong prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi then an opposition lawmaker condemned the harsh punishments as very excessive.
The journalists, from the now-defunct Unity publication, had been convicted for violating the nations Official Secrets Act the same colonial-era law now being leveled against a pair of Reuters reporters who are facing a staggering 14 years behind bars each. [ ]
Three and a half years on, the thinking of Suu Kyi, who now heads the government, has apparently changed dramatically. Rather than champion the press, she has presided over an administration whose courts have aggressively pursued legal charges against dozens of journalists, along with other attempts to suppress and discredit the media.
Police arrested Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo on Dec. 12 while they were investigating the massacre of 10 ethnic Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din by the Myanmar military and Buddhist villagers. The Reuters story included photos provided by a Buddhist village elder of the 10 captives lined up in a row, kneeling, and later of their bloodied bodies in a shallow grave. The reporters further supported their account with testimony from Buddhist villagers who confessed to burying bodies and killing Muslims, and also from security personnel and the paramilitary police themselves.
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That probably makes her government smart.
Somehow I doubt the 10 Muslims were innocent of any wrong-doing.
Doesn’t sound like something Buddhist villagers would do.
The Rohingya terrorist cells are quite active. The leftist press of the West wants to tear down every defense the Buddhists have against them.
[journalists were sentenced to decadelong prison terms]
Do we get to nominate a top 20-25?
Can we send some via one-way ticket from America?
After seeing here what Journalists are willing to do to advance their agenda, even if it means DESTROYING their country, I have no problem holding them accountable, be it Burma, Russia, or here. If they stuck to just REPORTING news in a reasonably unbiased way, I would feel differently.
Hundreds of U.S. journalists, media and Hollywood celebrities need to be tried and sentenced for libel and/or slander.
When the notion of that is raised, the left (always falsely) invokes “New York Times Company v. Sullivan”.