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Burma president intervenes in case of three jailed journalists

BURMA’S president Win Myint on Wednesday intervened in the case of three detained journalists by issuing a directive to the Yangon regional government insisting they cooperate with the country’s media council to resolve the case before taking it to court. The government’s request comes amid mounting international concern over freedom of the press in the nascent democracy. The letter directed Yangon officials to file an official complaint with the Myanmar Press Council (MPC) in accordance with the country’s media law, and work with the MPC to find a resolution. Only if this is unsuccessful should they then take the matter to the courts, the directive said. SEE ALSO: Burma arrests 3 senior journalists over article on Suu Kyi’s protege Regional government director Aung Kyaw Khine filed the lawsuit on Oct 9 claiming an article written by reporter Phyo Wai Win damaged the dignity of the Yangon government, according to RFA. Two...

 

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