‘Media’ man gets 13 years
YANGON: A court in military-ruled Myanmar handed down a 13-year prison sentence on Wednesday to a man accused of working illegally for foreign media organisations.
Ngwe Soe Lin was arrested in June last year after leaving an internet cafe. A special court inside Yangon’s notorious Insein prison found him guilty of violating immigration laws and the Electronics Act which regulates all forms of electronic communication, attor ney Aung Thein said.
“There is no proof that he was working for any foreign media and there was no evidence that he had broken the immigration law,” said Aung Thein.
Ngwe Soe Lin will appeal against the conviction.
Exiled Myanmar nationals provide the main source of uncensored news in Myanmar, including online magazines and radio and satellite television stations such as the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma.
The government controls all electronic media and daily newspapers inside the country, and tightly regulates magazines. It also keeps the internet under close control and has arrested several bloggers. – Sapa-AP