Myanmar reporters protest new threats to press freedom
YANGON (AFP) - Journalists in Myanmar staged a protest on Tuesday to denounce new threats to press freedom and demand the release of a fellow reporter - the first to be jailed since junta rule ended.
About 150 journalists and activists marched through Yangon chanting slogans including "No threat to press freedom" and waving placards which read: "Right to information is the life of democracy".
The protest was led by the Myanmar Journalist Network in response to a three-month prison sentence given last month to a local journalist arrested during an investigation in the eastern state of Kayah.
Ma Khine, who works for the Eleven Media group, was convicted of defaming a lawyer, trespassing on the lawyer's property during an interview and using abusive language.