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He said the case filed in court by the region will not be withdrawn unless the two sides reach an agreement during the mediation.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