Two local reporters sentenced to imprisonment in Myanmar

Two Burmese reporters detained in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, were sentenced to two years for incitement by a court inside Myeik Prison.

Ko Aung Kyaw of DVB and Ko Zaw Zaw, a Mizzima News freelancer, were charged under Article 505(a) of the Penal Code after being arrested in March and April respectively.

The military regime revoked the operating licenses of both media agencies, along with three other media organizations in March, in response to their coverage of junta atrocities against protesters.

On May 12, the junta sentenced DVB reporter Ko Min Nyo to three years’ imprisonment in Pyay, Bago Region.

Junta forces detained Ko Aung Kyaw on March 1 at his home and he has been behind bars since then. Ko Zaw Zaw was detained on April 7 at his home.

Their relatives told The Irrawaddy that they will not appeal as they believe there is no rule of law in a military regime.