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Slander lawsuits against'The Voice' employees should be dismissed - CPJ
Myanmar authorities should immediately dismiss the prosecution of Kyaw Min Swe, publisher of The Voice and Ko Kyaw Zwa Naing, a British Ko Ko Ko Maung pseudonymist, the Committee for the Protection of Newsmen ("CPJ") said today. On June 2, the media arrested the reporters and remanded them in custody.
Kiev Min Swe reported to Radio Free Asia that the Yangon Bahan Township Districts initial statement that they were not detained, but only mocked for interrogating the Myanmar Armed Forces under Art. 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act regarding a satirical March 27th issue titled "Oath to the Bullet Nation", which mocked an army-produced promotional movie, "Loyal to the Nation".
Bahan Township Court refused deposit for the reporters and arrested them until their next interview, due on 8 June. In the event of a conviction, the journalist will face a three-year jail term and financial penalties. "Myanmar's administration is urged to immediately free Kyaw Min Swe and Ko Kyaw Zwa Naing and dismiss the libel suits against them," said Shawn Crispin, CPJ's Southeast Asian leader.
"Slander should never be a crime, and the use of slander legislation to shut down the press goes back to the shadowy era of junta leadership, not to the democracy that many thought the Aung San Suu Kyi administration would announce.
Voice Weekly Journal apologizes for disputed photographs
Voice Weekly Journal apologized today for the upload of contentious photographs of Aung San Suu Kyi, chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), who participated in a commemoration ceremony commemorating the one-year death of author U Win Tin today. Suu Kyi's photographs show Suu Kyi welcoming Moslem worship leader with her arms in a position to represent a burgeoning Lotus.
On Facebook, commentators accused the politicians of being religiously inappropriate. The Voice Weekly editors apologized to those who were worried about the pictures via Facebook-mail. "I understand The Voice Weekly posted the picture, then the review came and the picture was taken.
That'?s the second thing Voice Weekly has done. For the first one, the most unfortunate case was that the photograph of the students' protests was forcibly scattered. In addition, the editor-in-chief of The Voice is the deputy secretary of the interim press council. "Everyone is welcome to come to the voice studio with the help of professionals to review the photos," the paper said.