YANGON, June 7: A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labour after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said today.
The ruling marks the first time a journalist has been convicted under Myanmar's new government, run by former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi.
The reporter, Nay Myo Lin, who works for the BBC Myanmar language service, plans to appeal the decision.
His lawyer, Thein Than Oo, called the sentence "unfair," saying that his client had not intentionally hurt the policeman and was trying to help a fellow citizen.
"It is shameful that the court has issued this sentence," Thein Than Oo said. "The police should not treat journalists as their enemy." ?AP