How can jour­nal­ism be un­law­ful?

Mizzima Business Weekly - - DEBATE -

TNLA is the group that was even in­vited by the Peace Con­fer­ence. So jour­nal­ists thought no prob­lem could oc­cur to go there and cover the events. We should not think that they (the jour­nal­ists) are sup­port­ing the rebels.

Thiha Th­way, jour­nal­ist, colum­nist

The Un­law­ful As­so­ci­a­tions Act was in­tro­duced 109 years ago. The groups in­volved in peace talks will be able to dis­cuss peace only af­ter the Act is re­voked. Oth­er­wise, they also breach the Act.

Thein Nyunt, Former Lower House MP, Lawyer

In the demo­cratic era, the sit­u­a­tion in which the groups op­pos­ing the rul­ing groups are la­belled ‘un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tion’ should not ex­ist any­more.

Ma Thida (San­chaung), PEN In­ter­na­tional mem­ber, writer

The sec­tion 17(1) of the Un­law­ful As­so­ci­a­tions Act can greatly af­fect (the me­dia). We, jour­nal­ists, can be af­fected by the Act any­time due to our emails and phone com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Thiha Th­way, jour­nal­ist, colum­nist

Just be­ing a news me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tion can­not en­sure not be­ing af­fected by the Act.

Thein Nyunt, Former Lower House MP, Lawyer

It is im­pos­si­ble for the gov­ern­ment army not to use the Act. Oth­er­wise, or­di­nary peo­ple will be able to go to the eth­nic armed groups freely to re­ceive mil­i­tary train­ing. But au­thor­i­ties must use me­dia laws to han­dle the is­sues re­lated to me­dia per­sons.

Salai Do Kha, Kan­tkaw Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter

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