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Rights group decries Myanmar reporter's jail term for 'disturbing civil servant'

Published on Apr 11, 2014 4:33 PM
 
Newspapers with a black front page (left) are displayed at a stall in Yangon on April 11, 2014, after Zaw Pe, a journalist for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) news website, was convicted of trespassing and "disturbing a civil servant" by a court in the central town of Magway on April 7, 2014. Reporters Without Borders said Friday, April 11, 2014, it was "outraged" by the imprisonment of a Myanmar journalist for trying to interview an education official, as local newspapers ran black front pages in protest. -- PHOTO: AFP 

YANGON (AFP) - Reporters Without Borders said Friday it was "outraged" by the imprisonment of a Myanmar journalist for trying to interview an education official, as local newspapers ran black front pages in protest.

Zaw Pe, a journalist for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) news website, was convicted by a court in the central town of Magway on Monday for "disturbing a civil servant" and trespassing.

He was jailed along with Win Myint Hlaing, the father of a student who accompanied him during a visit to the local education department about a story on a scholarship programme in 2012.

"It is unacceptable that local officials can obstruct a journalist's work and have him sentenced to imprisonment just because they feel he disturbed them," Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Asia-Pacific head Benjamin Ismail said in a statement.

 
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