Me­di­a­tion urged in jour­nal­ists’ case

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - NAW BETTY HAN naw­bet­ty­han@mm­times.com

The Myan­mar Gov­ern­ment or­ders the Yan­gon re­gional gov­ern­ment to file a com­plaint un­der the Me­dia Act be­fore tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against three jour­nal­ists from Eleven Me­dia Group.

THE Myan­mar gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day or­dered Yan­gon Re­gion Gov­ern­ment to file a com­plaint with the Myan­mar Press Coun­cil be­fore tak­ing any le­gal ac­tion against three jour­nal­ists from Eleven Me­dia over a news story, ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice.

Eleven Me­dia chief ed­i­tor Ko Kaw Zaw Lin, ed­i­tor Ko Nayi Min and chief re­porter Ko Phyo Wai Win were ar­rested by po­lice last week and charged un­der Sec­tion 505(b) of the pe­nal code after the re­gional gov­ern­ment filed a com­plaint about a story in the Weekly Eleven News Jour­nal on Oc­to­ber 10 that al­leged mis­man­age­ment of funds.

The gov­ern­ment or­dered Yan­gon Re­gion to take its com­plaint about the news re­port to the coun­cil un­der Sec­tion 21 of the Me­dia Act. It said the coun­cil can try to ne­go­ti­ate a set­tle­ment be­tween the re­gion and Eleven Me­dia Group, and if the me­di­a­tion fails, Yan­gon can take the case to court.

The plain­tiff, U Aung Kyaw Khaing, a di­rec­tor of the re­gional gov­ern­ment, filed a com­plaint against the jour­nal­ists with the coun­cil on Wed­nes­day ac­cus­ing them of pub­lish­ing in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion that could cause pub­lic un­rest.

U Ohn Kyaing, chair of the coun­cil, con­firmed re­ceiv­ing the com­plaint, adding, “We will try to ne­go­ti­ate the mat­ter be­tween the two sides.”

He said the case filed in court by the re­gion will not be with­drawn un­less the two sides reach an agree­ment dur­ing the me­di­a­tion.

He added that the coun­cil will de­cide soon on the date of the talks.

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