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Another journalist gets a long jail sentence

first_img Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled that yet another journalist has been given a long jail term. A Rangoon court sentenced video reporter U Zeya on 4 February to five years in prison for two violations of the Unlawful Association Act, one year under the Immigration Act (for crossing the border illegally) and seven years under the Electronics Act – a combined total of 13 years in prison.U Zeya has worked for years for Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), an Oslo-based radio and TV station that is one of the few independent Burmese media. At the time of his arrest in April 2010, he headed a team of video journalists who clandestinely provided DVB with video coverage of events inside Burma. His son, Sithu Zeya, 21, was sentenced last December to eight years in prison on similar charges. Both were arrested for trying to cover the aftermath of deadly bombings in a Rangoon park in April. Following his arrest, Sithu Zeya was placed in solitary confinement in Insein prison and was reportedly tortured. According to DVB, 17 fellow inmates went on hunger strike in protest against his mistreatment.U Zeya’s conviction came just days after Kaung Myat Hlaing, a young blogger also known as Nat Soe, was given a ten-year jail sentence under the Electronics Act.In a report issued last December, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association jointly urged the international community to seek the release of imprisoned journalists and bloggers, who are favourite targets of the junta, to press for the abolition of the prior censorship system and to increase support for privately-owned Burmese news media and Burmese media based abroad. MyanmarAsia – Pacific News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation May 26, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Myanmar Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum to go further News Help by sharing this information February 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist gets a long jail sentence News May 31, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more