Myan­mar court fines two news­pa­per ed­i­tors for defama­tion

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A Myan­mar court on 21 July fined two ed­i­tors of a weekly news­pa­per 1 mil­lion kyat ($809) each af­ter find­ing them guilty of vi­o­lat­ing the coun­try’s media law by in­sult­ing the pres­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press re­port on 21 July.

The case was one of sev­eral seen by press free­dom ad­vo­cates as an ef­fort to in­tim­i­date the media ahead of a gen­eral elec­tion sched­uled for Novem­ber.

Nine other staff mem­bers of the weekly Myan­mar Her­ald were ac­quit­ted in the case, which was filed by the In­for­ma­tion Min­istry last Novem­ber af­ter pub­li­ca­tion of an in­ter­view with a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst which in­sulted the pres­i­dent.

The pa­per’s chief editor, Kyaw Swa Win, and the deputy chief editor, Arnt Khaung Min, were fined by a court in the cap­i­tal, Nay Pyi Taw, for vi­o­lat­ing the media law by print­ing ar­ti­cles af­fect­ing an in­di­vid­ual’s rep­u­ta­tion.

The Lon­don-based hu­man rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said last month that the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to re­strict free­dom of ex­pres­sion had in­ten­si­fied over the past year.


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