Myan­mar jails TRT World jour­nal­ists

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

A MYAN­MAR court jailed two jour­nal­ists from Turkey’s pub­lic broad­caster TRT World, along with their in­ter­preter and driver, for two months on Fri­day for vi­o­lat­ing an air­craft law that does not al­low film­ing with a drone.

Cam­era­man Lau Hon Meng from Sin­ga­pore and re­porter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were de­tained on Oct. 27 along with their Myan­mar in­ter­preter, Aung Naing Soe, and driver, Hla Tin.

The four had been work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary for TRT World, the English­language sub­sidiary of the Turkish Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion Cor­po­ra­tion (TRT), when they were de­tained for at­tempt­ing to fly a drone near the Myan­mar par­lia­ment build­ing in the cap­i­tal, Naypy­itaw.

In a state­ment re­leased on Oct. 31, TRT World said that Myan­mar au­thor­i­ties were in­formed about its crew’s film­ing plans. “Our crew wanted to film the par­lia­ment build­ing in the cap­i­tal with a drone af­ter con­duct­ing an in­ter­view with a mem­ber of par­lia­ment. They were de­tained by se­cu­rity of­fi­cials be­fore fly­ing the drone,” the TRT World state­ment said. “Mok Choy Lin and Lau Hon Meng ar­rived in Yangon on Oct. 21 with jour­nal­ist visas is­sued by the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment. They shot in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions with con­ven­tional cam­eras as well as with a drone up un­til Oct. 27. The Myan­mar In­for­ma­tion Min­istry was pre­vi­ously in­formed about all of the film­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and the film­ing sched­ule,” the state­ment on the broad­caster’s web­site said.

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