First Foreign Journalist Arrested By Myanmar Military

A Japanese journalist who was arrested in Myanmar has been charged with spreading fake news, the Japanese embassy said.
Yuki Kitazumi is the first foreign journalist known to have been charged following the coup of February 1sy, 2021.
In April 2021, he was arrested and has been in prison ever since.
Thousands of people, including many local journalists, have been detained since Myanmar’s military staged a coup in February 2021.
As a freelance journalist, Kitazumi contributed to many major Japanese news outlets, as well as reporting from inside Burma (also known as Myanmar).
The 45-year-old was arrested on 18 April 2021 when police raided his Yangon (Rangoon) home. He previously had been briefly detained on 26 February 2021.
The Japanese Embassy in Myanmar said he shows no health problems, but added that they are urging the military to release him.
According to Japanese media, he faces up to three years in prison if found guilty.
Along with covering the coup and the subsequent protests and killings for Japanese newspapers and broadcasters, Kitazumi had also frequently posted about the situation and its impact on citizens on his social media accounts.
The military deposed the elected government in Myanmar and declared a year-long state of emergency after it deposed the elected government.
The authorities have cracked down on the protesters and press freedom throughout the months of demonstrations.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group says that around eighty local journalists have been detained so far for their work. Half of them have been prosecuted and 50 of them are still in custody.
Foreign journalists have also been arrested.
The military promised instead that it would hold “free and fair” elections once the state of emergency is over.

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