Burmese military, who took control of the country through the coup d’état of February 1, forcibly entered at least two offices of the media, in a new episode of press harassment.
Several military personnel stormed the headquarters of Kamayut Media in Rangoon, the former capital and most populous city in the country, on Tuesday afternoon, and later arrested its co-founder, Han Thar Nyein, and the editor-in-chief, Nathan Maung, according to the Myanmar portal. Now.
On the same day, the soldiers also broke into the office of Mizzima, one of the five outlets whose license for publishing and broadcasting was canceled on Monday, although it had been unoccupied since the military uprising.
Mizzima, created by Burmese journalists in exile in 1988, reaffirmed its commitment to “continue fighting against the military coup and the restoration of democracy and human rights in Burma “and pledged to continue reporting on its digital portals and social media.
“These media reveal the true brutality of the military junta, their oppression is aimed at hiding human rights violations, “denounced the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP) in Burma, which number in at least 60 fatalities registered during the crackdown on demonstrations to oppose the coup.
With these, there are already three raids that the authorities have carried out against the media, after breaking into the headquarters of the Myanmar Now portal on Monday, another of the media revoked by the military junta.
“We are at a point where continuing to do our job means running the risk of being imprisoned or killed. The truth is that we will not stop covering the enormous crimes that the regime has been committing (military) nationwide, “Swe Win, editor-in-chief of Myanmar Now, a portal founded in 2015, said Tuesday.
Burma (Myanmar), where the military ruled uninterruptedly between 1962 and 2011, experienced an avalanche in the proliferation of independent media in the last decade, after the end of government censorship and during the democratic process of the Asian country. However, with the military coup, the persecution of media professionals has returned, reported Reporters Without Borders last week.
Dozens of journalists have been detained since the uprising, at least six of them accused by the authorities of violating public order laws, which is punishable by up to 3 years in prison. In the meantime massive demonstrations continue in rejection of the military junta and demanding the return of democracy, respect for the results of the November elections and the release of all those detained by the military, including the deposed leader of the government, Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Burmese Army justified the seizure of power by an alleged electoral fraud in the past elections, where international observers did not detect any rigging and in which the National League for Democracy, the party led by Suu Kyi, destroyed, as it did in 2015.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.