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Myanmar journalists on trial for reporting alleged chemical weapons factory

Published on Feb 16, 2014 5:23 PM

YANGON (REUTERS) - Myanmar police have charged five journalists with "disclosing state secrets" after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reported on Sunday.

The trial of four reporters and the head of Unity Journal began on Feb 14 in Pakokku, a town in the country's central region where the military facility is located, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

The New Light of Myanmar said charges under the Official Secrets Act also included "trespassing on the restricted area of the factory", but the newspaper did not disclose the nature of the facility.

Government spokesman Ye Htut told local media last week that the factory did not produce chemical weapons. He could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

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