Myanmar Journalist Has Been Sentenced To Three Years In Prison by Myanmar Military

Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) reporter Min Nyo from Pyay, Bago Region, was sentenced to three years in prison by a court inside Pyay Prison on May 12th, 2021.
As with many other detained journalists, he has been unable to contact his family.
We were only able to meet with his lawyers. He hasn’t been permitted to visit with his family since his arrest, Min Nyo’s wife Moe Moe said.
Section 505a of the Penal Code punishes incitement with a prison sentence of three years, changed from two years following the February 1st, 2021, coup by the military council.
A variety of public figures, lawmakers, media representatives, and others opposed to the military junta have been accused of the charge.
Moe Moe announced that she would file an appeal.
During a protest in Pyay, Min Nyo was beaten and arrested on March 3rd, 2021.
In his eighth hearing, the military council ruled that he had contacted a fire department member by phone and incited him to take part in the Civil Disobedience Movement.
The military council only holds hearings for detainees in prison courts, justifying the practice as a preventative measure for Covid-19.
Salai Kaung Myat Min, secretary of the Myay Latt Journalists Network, said the military crackdown on journalists has not hampered news reporting.
The dictator will torture you, make you feel uncomfortable and paranoid in your own home while abusing their power. But the media are doing their best, he said, adding, their actions should not hinder us.
The London-based Amnesty International petitioned the court for the reporter’s release on his sentencing day.
It underscores the appalling situation journalists face in Myanmar, where they risk their lives and freedom to expose abuses committed by the military. The military authorities are ruthless and determined to suppress those who speak out, Amnesty International’s statement said.
On March 1st, 2021, another DVB reporter, Aung Kyaw, was arrested at his home in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region.
Additionally, members of the military council’s armed forces have taken Nay Lin, editor of Voice of Myanmar, and reporter Shine Aung away for talks and cut off contact between them and their families.
Nay Lin’s wife, Zarni Mann, said that her husband had been taken to court in Mandalay’s Chanmyatharzi Township recently.
Since the coup on February 1, 48 journalists have been detained, including a reporter from Myanmar Now, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Kay Zon Nway has been in solitary confinement at Insein Prison since April 28th, 2021, after being charged under Section 505a after being arrested in Myaynigone.
Xinhua, AP, BBC, and other international outlets have released some of the detained journalists, but the majority remain in jail.
As the result of her arrest, reporter Wunna Soe was released on bail the same day during a protest in Meiktila.
The military council revoked the licenses of Myanmar Now, Mizzima, DVB, 7Day and Khit Thit on March 8th, 2021. Kachin newspaper 74 Media and Myitkyina Journal lost their license on April 29th, 2021.

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