Myanmar authorities should immediately release journalist Ko Nay Lin and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday.
“Myanmar authorities must immediately release journalist Ko Nay Lin and drop all charges against him,” said Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative.“Reporting on armed conflict is not the same as being a terrorist, and threatening a journalist with life in prison is inexcusable. Myanmar’s assault on journalists must stop now,” he said.
On Tuesday, Myanmar charged a journalist under a terrorism law for publishing an interview with the Arakan Army, a rebel group that demands greater autonomy for the state’s ethnic Rakhine people. The group had recently been labelled a terrorist organisation.
Nay Myo Lin, editor in chief of the Voice of Myanmar, could face life in prison. His website has also been blocked, along with other outlets that cover the ongoing fighting in Rakhine state, where about 750,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a military crackdown in 2017.
Police arrested Ko Nay Lin, editor of the English and Burmese-language Voice of Myanmar news website, on Monday, at his home in the central Myanmar city of Mandalay, according to local independent news website The Irrawaddy.