Myanmar: Two journalists sentenced to prison for “false news”

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On March 22, Than Htike Aung, a news editor with the independent media organization Mizzima, was also handed a two-year prison sentence for violating Section 505(a). Mizzima is among numerous independent outlets targeted by the regime. Authorities revoked Mizzima’s broadcast license and then raided its offices in Yangon shortly after the coup.

Aung was arrested by military police in March 2021 as he was covering a court case in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar’s capital. Months later he was charged with violating Section 505(a) for sharing a letter on Facebook protesting the military council’s announcement that it had revoked Mizzima’s license along with those of other media outlets. He will serve his sentence in Yamethin Prison in Myanmar’s Mandalay region, according to Mizzima.

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Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
1
Do they work as freelance or media?
Yes
Position in media
Status of journalists
Gender
Unknown
Age
Country
Myanmar [Burma]
Full name or name of group
Identified
The name of perpetrator (individual/group)
Government
Gender
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
No
Date of incident
Year of incident
2022
Type of incident
Criminal lawsuit/charge: Fake-news