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26 Oct 2018 | 08:05 AM UTC

Myanmar: Arrested journalists freed on bail October 26 /update 1

Myanmar News Alert

Three local journalists arrested on incitement charges on October 10 freed on bail in Yangon October 26

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/26/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Yangon

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Event

Three Burmese journalists arrested on incitement charges on October 10 were freed on bail on Friday, October 26. They had been arrested after the publication of an article perceived as being critical towards the regional government of Yangon. Given the government’s tight grip on the media, further arrests of journalists can be expected in the near-term, which may prompt social unrest.

Context

The civilian-led administration is increasingly perceived by the political opposition and the international community as cracking down on the media and freedom of expression. Notably, two journalists were sentenced to seven years in jail in September for violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act during an investigation of a Rohingya massacre.

Advice

Individuals in Myanmar, and particularly those in Yangon, are advised to closely monitor related developments, avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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