3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov't calls false | 2018-10-17 | daily-sun.com

3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov't calls false

AP     17th October, 2018 01:54:03 printer

3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov't calls false

 

Three detained journalists have appeared in a Myanmar court to face charges filed against them by the Yangon government, which alleges a story they published was false.

 

The journalists for local Eleven Media Group were arrested October 9 after publishing a story alleging fund mismanagement by Yangon government officials.

 

A director in the Yangon government filed a complaint that alleged the Eleven Media journalists violated a Myanmar law banning publication of "incorrect information" that could cause "fear or alarm to the public." Punishment under the law can include two years' imprisonment, a fine, or both.

 

The next court appearance is expected to be October 26.

 

An increasing number of journalists in Myanmar have been arrested and jailed for their work.


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