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Myanmar: Is it free and fair? Asia
Ma Thanda stands at her husband's tomb looking for an answer. Meanwhile, Po Po Po, an organizer of students' protests, is still affected by one of the bloody raids in Myanmar for years. Following the attack on their comrades-in-arms in March, riot control authorities brought doubtful accusations that could put them in jail for nine years. Burma will be holding the country's first lawful elections in half a century.
However, the government's hard-liners are running their own secret campaigns to shut up dissent. East 101 encounters harassment, arrest and imprisonment of Myanmar's activist forces, throwing Myanmar's walk back towards democracy.
Waelone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were apprehended on December 12 after being asked to supper. Members of the relatives said they had said that they were almost immediately apprehended after receiving some papers from the officials they had met.
"After the 30-minute trial, they detained us and took measures against us because we were trying to expose the truth," Wa Lone said to investigators when he and Kyaw Soe Oo were taken out of the courthouse and back to Insein-Parc. Mr Khin Maung Zaw, a counsel who represents the two lawyers, said the allegations fall under section 3.
No. 1 (c) of the UK Law on Trade Secrecy from the Spanish Colonies. This law goes back to 1923, when Myanmar, then called Burma, was a provincial government of Britain-India. Part 3 includes the entry into forbidden places, the taking of pictures or the treatment of confidential formal documentation that "could or should be of direct or indirect use to an enemy".
Earlier, the Ministry of Information had quoted the riot squad for "having been detained for having important and confidential intergovernmental documentation relating to the state of Rakhine and the Rakhine intelligence forces". Prosecutors turned against an appeal for deposit, said the reporter's attorney, Khin Maung Zaw. He said the tribunal took it into account and will rule at the next hearings on January 23.
Goverment has said that two policemen were also detained for investigating under suspicion of violating official secrets act. She didn't give any more information about the detained cop. Some 30 reporters were in front of the courthouse, most of them in grey as a symbol of protests against the arrests of the two.
Some had the messages "Journalism is not a crime" or "Release the detained journalist now" on their T-shirts. Kyaw Soe Oo hugged his spouse in the courthouse and detained his daughters for a few inches. I' ve never made a single error; I've never done anything wrong," Wa Lone said before the judge.
Then the two jounalists came and handcuffed out of the yard. Desperate Kyaw Soe Oo's relations lamented and attacked him when the two jounalists were expelled from a group of reporter after the heard. We should be able for our fellow Members to be able to go back to their places of work to report on what is happening in Myanmar.
He said, "We believe that it is essential to have enough free movement and we are still calling for the immediate releases of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Zaw Htay, spokesperson for the administration, refused to respond to the allegations, but said that the two had their prerogatives under an autonomous legal system. Goverment officers from some of the world's most important countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, and leading representatives of the United Nation have demanded the journalists' releases.
United Nations monitors and several ambassadors, among them the Netherlands, Australia and Great Britain, have been on trial. "In order for a democratic system to be successful and thrive, it is essential for the journalist to be able to do his job. France's State Department demanded a declaration on the immediate freeing of reporters and free entry of the press into the state of Rakhine.
The former US Presidency Bill Clinton has insisted that they be released immediately by saying on Twitter on Monday that a free media is crucial to a free economy and that the imprisonment of journalist everywhere is inadmissible. During much of the 90s, Clinton was US presidency when the United States pushed Myanmar's then ruling Myanmar army to remove democratic master Aung San Suu Kyi from years of home inmate.
Japoney wants to bring the issue of the two journalists to the Myanmar authorities on appropriate occasions, which includes a recent meeting of Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono this coming weekend, Japan's Head of Cabinet Yoshihide Suga said in Tokyo. Aung San Suu Kyi won an elections in 2015 and became Myanmar's first civil administration in more than half a century-been prevented from becoming the country's first ever presidential candidate by the beginning of 2016.
They deny that their arrest constitutes an assault on the freedoms of the media.