5 Myanmar journos jailed for defaming state

2014-10-16 14:32
Aung San Suu Kyi (AP, File)

Aung San Suu Kyi (AP, File)

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Yangon - Five Myanmar journalists were handed two years in prison each for reporting on allegations that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians had formed an alternative government.

Two executive officers, two editors and a senior reporter from the Yangon-based Bi Mon Te Nay weekly journal were convicted of violating article 505(b) of the penal code, and defaming the state of Myanmar.

They published an article in July citing a report by activist group the Myanmar Democratic Current Force (MDCF) that Suu Kyi teamed up with a group of ethnic leaders and formed an interim government.

 The aim of the interim government was to oust the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, the report said.

The journalists were first charged with undermining state security under the Emergency Act of 1950, which carries sentences of up to seven years, but the court opted for a lesser charge and sentence.

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