Myanmar arrests three journalists over report on Suu Kyi protege
YANGON, Oct 10: Myanmar police Wednesday arrested three journalists after their paper criticised the financial management of Yangon's government, which is overseen by a protege of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the latest case to spark concern over press freedom.
Rights groups criticised the detention of the three from Eleven Media, which comes as the latest in a long series of cases brought against the media under vague and outdated laws.
Executive editors Kyaw Zaw Lin and Nayi Min and chief reporter Phyo Wai Win were hauled in before a Yangon court in handcuffs on Wednesday morning to hear the charges against them before being carted off to jail.
Defence lawyer Kyee Myint told AFP the case was filed over an article published Monday about the funding behind the city's bus network, a scheme run by Yangon chief minister and Suu Kyi confidant Phyo Min Thein.
"All three of them were sent to Insein prison this morning after a case was filed against them under section 505(b)," defence lawyer Kyee Myint told AFP.
The trio could be fined and jailed for up to two years if a court rules that their story was published with intent to cause -- or was likely to cause -- "fear or alarm to the public". -AFP