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Myanmar reporters protest new threats to press freedom

Published on Jan 7, 2014 5:18 PM
Reporters shout as they march to demonstrate for press freedom in Yangon on Jan 7, 2014. According to local media, a journalist working for Eleven Media was sentenced to three months in prison on charges of defamation. -- PHOTO: REUTER

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.

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